Nancy Pelosi: Romney's 47% Comment Was His 'Most Sincere' of Campaign

The House minority leader says the former candidate doubled down on those comments on a conference call with donors this Wednesday.

The real Mitt Romney has finally stood up, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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Speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum, she reflected on Romney's remarks on a conference call with donors Wednesday in which he attributed President Obama's reelection victory to "gifts" the president has given minorities and women voters in the form of government programs.

"I would say the most sincere thing that Governor Romney said during the campaign -- there's not much competition -- the most sincere thing that he said was the 47 percent," Pelosi said.

"If you saw that ... you saw passion, you saw authenticity," she continued. "That's what he really believed, and that's what he's saying now. And that's most unfortunate. But that's who he is, and that's where he revealed himself in the most authentic way. And he's sticking with that story."



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