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US Presidential Election 2012

The United States' 57th quadrennial presidential election took place in November 2012. Incumbent President and Democrat Barack Obama won election and is running for a second term. His major challenger was former Massachusetts Governor, Republican Mitt Romney. From January to June, Americans voted in nationwide state level primaries and caucuses, which serveed the purpose of selecting party representatives of states to be sent for the party convention. The key issues in this race for the White House were social issues including the state of the economy, abortion and contraception, gay marriage, and immigration.

US Presidential Election 2012

Romney says '47pc' remarks were 'wrong'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 October, 2012, 2:36pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 October, 2012, 3:53pm

Mitt Romney said late on Thursday that his secretly-filmed remarks dismissing 47 per cent of Americans as government dependents were “completely wrong.”

Fresh from a victory in the first presidential debate that seemed to get his campaign back on track after the earlier remarks derailed it, the Republican challenger addressed the controversy in an interview on Fox News.

“Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you are going to say something [that] doesn’t out come right,” he said.

“In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong. I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about the 100 per cent.”

The video released last month by the liberal Mother Jones website showed Romney, in a closed-door meeting with wealthy donors, saying that 47 per cent of Americans paid no income taxes, viewed themselves as victims and would vote for President Barack Obama in order to keep getting government handouts.

The remarks were widely criticized – even by Romney’s fellow conservatives – and seemed to confirm the image the Obama campaign has sought to paint of an aspiring plutocrat who doesn’t care about ordinary Americans.

In a hastily called press conference after the video came out Romney admitted the remarks were “not elegantly stated” but insisted he was merely discussing campaign strategy and not dismissing half the country.

Nationwide and battleground state polls shifted in Obama’s favour in the days after the video came out, leading many pundits to speculate that it had torpedoed Romney’s years-long quest for the White House.

But on Wednesday an energised Romney delivered a surprisingly strong performance in the first of three presidential debates opposite a listless Obama, injecting new momentum into his campaign ahead of the November 6 vote.

To the surprise of many of his supporters, Obama did not mention the “47 per cent” remarks during the debate.



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It is now tolerably clear that Mr Romney will say anything - anything - which he thinks will get him home in the election, irrespective of whether it gels with his previous pronouncements, and thus this latest "retraction" of the "47% comment" is not unexpected.
The irony is that of all his celebrated 'flip flops', this comment - to a private fundraising gathering - is probably the one statement he has made which clearly IS wholly genuine and reflective of his actual belief, if, to give him the benefit of the doubt, this gentleman has any actual beliefs or convictions which can be identified/nailed down.
Sadly his is an odyssey for power solely for the sake of power, and scruples and consistency of thought are unfortuate victims in this unappetising process.
The reluctant conclusion is that Mr Romney is unable to recognise a principle from a platitude, and could care less.
His performance in the first Presidential debate was surprising only in that it was not the walkover that the Obama camp clearly expected. He will not be as fortunate in the next two debates:
Obama will be energised, and Big Bird will be watching.
Mr Rommey just wants the Presidency, and heaven help America if he - and his wholly unappetising running-mate, the egregious and spiritually ungenerous Paul Ryan - 'fluke' it...
Mind you, stranger things have happened. Was it HL Mencken who acidly observed that "one will never get poor underestimating the intelligence of the American public"??


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