Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has gone back on disparaging comments he made about nearly half of Americans, calling his statement “completely wrong,” while being interviewed on Fox News. This is the latest in what has been called an “Etch A Sketch” move through the former governor's presidential campaign.
"There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing," said President Barack Obama’s election opponent at a private fundraiser in May. The comment became public knowledge after a video Romney was unaware of surfaced last month, reports CNN.
"Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right," Romney said on “Hannity.” "In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong."
CNN reports that 46 percent of American households will ultimately owe nothing in federal income taxes, according to Tax Policy Center for 2011. The Tax Policy Center is allegedly a non-partisan organization.
At the private dinner, Romney boldly claimed that it wasn’t his “"job is not to worry about those people." Adding, "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
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Liberals Unite, a left-wing news site owned by Samuel Wynn Warde, that refers to itself as “the best liberal and progressive news and information resources,” compiled a list of Romney's flip-flops.
“I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.” Source “Roe v. Wade has gone too far.” Source
“I don’t line up with the NRA.” Source “I’m a member of the [NRA].” Source
“I like mandates. The mandates work.” Source “I think it’s unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front.” Source
“I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” Source “I never really called myself pro-choice.” Source
“I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” Source “I did not see it with my own eyes.” Source
“I supported the assault weapon ban.” Source “I don’t support any gun control legislation.” Source
“I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” Source “There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” Source
“I will work and fight for stem cell research.” Source “In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise.” Source
“I would like to have campaign spending limits.” Source “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.” Source
“I’m a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering.” Source “I changed my position.” Source
“Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.” Source “I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” Source
“I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts.” Source “Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal account.” Source
“I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” Source “Ronald Reagan is … my hero.” Source
“I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” Source “Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability.” Source
“If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.” Source “What works in one state may not be the answer for another.” Source
“It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” Source “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there.” Source
“It’s a tax cut for fat cats.” Source “I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero.” Source
“It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” Source “He’s going to pay, and he will die.” Source
“Relative to the leading candidates, some people see me as being more conservative.” Source “I’m not the most conservative candidate.” “I’m not the most conservative candidate.” Source
“The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.” Source “When government is… bailing out banks… we have every good reason to be alarmed.” Source
“These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress.” Source “Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore.” Source
“This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car.” Source ‘They’re not happy that my dog loves fresh air.” Source
“Those … paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship.” Source “Amnesty only led to more people coming into the country.” Source
“When I first heard of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, I thought it sounded awfully silly.” Source “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has worked well.” Source