After his "47 percent of voters are dependent on government assistance and do not pay any taxes" statement, Mitt Romney attempted to back-pedal from his highly controversial fundraiser tête-à-tête with wealthy donors.
Speaking to reporters in California in a hastily called press conference before yet another scheduled fundraiser, the GOP presidential nominee, looking decidedly “unpresidential” and a tad weak, said this late Monday.
“I’m talking about the political process of drawing people to my campaign and er, of course, individuals are going to take responsibility for their lives, and my campaign is about helping people take more responsibility and become employed again—and those who don’t have work. This whole campaign is about getting people jobs again—putting people back to work. This is ultimately a question about direction for the country.
“Do you believe in a government centered society that provides more and more benefits, or do you believe instead in a free enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams? I believe the latter will help more people get good jobs. This is a campaign about fundamentally, how to help the middle class in America and about how to get people out of poverty into the middle class.”
There is more, for Romney was just getting warmed up. He continued to explain his many-are-moochers remark, adding in his usual stump speech and promises by saying, “You’ve seen the results of the last three, four years and it has not worked. My approach will get 12 million new jobs and rising take-home pay.”
Here he fielded another question from a reporter, looking even more awkwardly frazzled, tense, frustrated and a tad impatient.
It was painful watching an already uncomfortable man crumble into more creases as he spoke.
Click on the video above to hear the rest of his explanation for what he calls “not elegantly stated” and accused whoever taped and aired the extremely unflattering video of putting out snippets without the full context of which he spoke.
Romney admitted that he could have phrased said context in a more sensitive and effective way, but that the core of his message has always remained the same.
He did not address the part of the hidden video which showed him joking about his father being born in Mexico but not having Mexican parents. He said he would have had a better "shot at this" for it "pays to be Latino."
To see video of the controversial remarks made at a fundraiser, click link below:
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