It took him long enough, but Romney finally admitted his 47 percent speech was 'completely wrong' during an interview with Fox News tonight.
Sean Hannity asked how Romney would have defended himself if Obama did bring up the 47 percent comments during last night's debate, and "I said something completely wrong," was the zinger we were denied hearing last night:
'Completely wrong' isn't how he framed it when the video first came out.
In the first press conference he called after the video came out, Romney said his comments were "not elegantly stated," and that he was speaking "off the cuff," but he ultimately stood by his message:
“I recognize that among those that pay no tax…I’m not likely to be highly successful with the message of lowering taxes,” Mr. Romney said Monday evening. “That’s not as attractive to those who don’t pay income taxes as it is to those who do. And likewise those who are reliant on government are not as attracted to my message of slimming down the size of government.”
The next night he was interviewed on Fox News by Neil Cavuto where he basically chalked the whole thing up to election strategy:
"I'm talking about a perspective of individuals who I'm not likely to get to support me. I recognize that those people who are not paying income tax are going to say, 'Gosh, this provision that Mitt keeps talking about lowering income taxes,' that's not going to be really attractive to them. And those that are dependent upon government, and those that think government's job is to redistribute, I'm not gonna get them."