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   Romney: ‘47 percent’ remarks were ‘completely wrong’

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10/5/2012 5:15 am

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Philip Rucker and Vanessa Williams

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Washington Post

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Entered 10/5/2012, Updated 10/5/2012

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is disavowing his controversial remarks dismissing “the 47 percent” of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes, saying in an interview Thursday night that the comments were “just completely wrong.” “My life has shown that I care about 100 percent, and that’s been demonstrated throughout my life,” Romney told conservative commentator Sean Hannity on Fox News. “And this whole campaign is about the 100 percent.” When a surreptitiously recorded video of the event surfaced last month, Romney refused to back away from the comments, although he conceded that they were “not elegantly stated.” But in battleground states, he saw his poll numbers slip as the Obama campaign used the remarks in its television ads to portray Romney as a heartless, out-of-touch plutocrat who doesn’t understand the struggles of everyday Americans. “Well, 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 answered. “In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.”


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