Plouffe questions Romney's disavowal of "47%" remarks
October 5th, 2012
12:09 PM ET
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Plouffe questions Romney's disavowal of "47%" remarks

Washington (CNN) - In brief comments to reporters on Friday, White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe questioned the credibility of Mitt Romney’s most recent attempts to distance himself from controversial comments delivered at a private fundraiser last May.

“I think he said they were inelegant,” Plouffe said, referring to Romney’s initial reaction to recordings of his “47%” comments. “There is no elegant way to attack half the country, say they’re victims, say they won’t take responsibility. These are teachers. These are veterans. These are seniors. And the most important thing is his policies reflect that approach and that disdain because his entire economic philosophy is geared toward the very wealthy and burdening the middle class.”

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  1. myviewis

    Facts Matter: Unemployment rate below 8%, GM is alive and Osama Bin Laden is dead

    It is getting more and more difficult to believe anything former Governor Romney says.
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    President Bush in December 2008 bailed out GM and Chrysler, did you forget???? Obama only followed in Bush's footsteps. Obamacare was created from Romneycare, again Obama followed someone else's footsteps. And Bin Laden was worked on by Clinton and Bush and yes Obama did get Bin Laden at the end but our Ambassador is Dead and so are 3 Navy Seals.

    October 5, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Tony

    Before the debate, Romney said that his words about the 47% who don't pay income tax were inelegant, but he stood behind what he said. Now he says that he is completely wrong about the 47%. It is good that we finally have a Republican who admits that he is wrong on something, but which Romney do we believe?

    October 5, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    For anyone that believes Willard did not mean EXACTLY what he said, let me school you a little bit. Willard made those statements in May, he wasn't nervous; as a matter of fact he was self-assured because he was surrounded by those that are most like him. He was in his element. After the tape came out he even reiterated what he said.Therefore, the real Mitt could come out. The Willard we saw in the debate is the real thing too, a liar and flip flopper that would say anything to be elected. He kind of reminds me of a high priced working girl.

    When a person speaks as candid as Willard did, he was being very truthful. It's like the words that come from a drunk. A drunk mouth speaks a sober mind and Willard was drunk on power that day so the truth came out. Now he wants to say he didn't mean it. Yeah right Willard, you said exactly what you meant.

    October 5, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Deeb

    @ Sniffit

    Too funny!! How's this for fine tuning those lyrics by Player for Mitt; "Baby come back...you can blame it all on me....I was wrong...and I just want to be your POTUS"

    And I totally agree...dude needs therapy....baaaaaad.

    October 5, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Jenn

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    You are absolutely 100% right about why Romney has issued this statement now. Inevitably Obama's advisors will have realized it was a mistake not to pounce on the 47% remark, and would plan to bring it up in Debate #2. Coming out with this statement so far in advance of Debate #2 ( which retraction will be dissected, examined and then forgotten in the fast paced media/ public attention span in a week) will make bringing up the remark in Debate #2 look like old news. this is strategy pure and simple, it has nothing to do with a sincere reconsideration of a position. Romney didn't offer any specifics, epiphanies or realizations as to why he has reconsidered his position. Obama lost an opportunity with this one. Fortuntely there are a quite a few more to choose from, if he decides to ramp up his approach.

    October 5, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Andrea Sharp

    Mitt hang it up. You can be forgiven for what you said, the fact that you said it at all defines your heart and character which doesn't represent the views of most of americans.

    October 5, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Romney Said Let Them Eat Cake

    It is too little too late for Romney. What he said behind closed doors is what he really meant. I volunteer to deliver meals to seniors that live alone and don't have family members that live in the area. These are people in their 70' and 80's that live on their small social security checks. Some worked as maids, in mills and so forth very hard work. They are not freeloaders and have never been irresponsible in their lives. They do not have a large income from social security and don't have to pay federal taxes. Everyone pays some form of tax, federal and state tax on gasoline, on utility bills, property, vehicles, sales taxes and I could go on and on. I myself pay a large property tax that funds our schools, parks, police, firefighters, library and so forth. I use the library only this is the way our system works.

    October 5, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. tr

    To four and the door ....yea..that's why Massachusetts was 47th in job creation too..and everybody so amped up about this debate. About time he had something positive. No wonder the gop is just a hoopin and hollerin. LOl! U guys r too funny

    October 5, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. CanadaONE

    Romney is a FAKE !

    the ultimate faker...

    USA don't vote in a FAKE president

    love Canada

    October 5, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Dennis Freeman

    Don't get excited, Wait a week or so and he'll change again. If not, then he should be asked to return all the money he raised at the gathering where this all began.

    October 5, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. MrBeenThere

    Mitt is a CEO a man used to talking to many people, a man who when talking to his board must get his point across pressingly. He was talking to a group of millionaires about obtaining his life's ambition of becoming one of the most powerful men in the world........ the President of the United States and for some reason he was not able to elegantly say something, I'm pretty sure he practice long and hard on that speech before opening his mouth in front of that crowd.

    October 5, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    rs
    Four and The Door-
    So your a "Socialist" now too, eh? You really think his Health Care initiative is that differnt now?
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________
    I believe health care is a good thing for states to do. They can do much better in both cost and quality of healthcare than ObamaCare. I believe many of them will come up with programs that are better than what Massachusetts has.

    October 5, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    I'm Mitt Romney, Yes I'm a tax cheater, all you other tax cheaters can't beat the top cheater, so won't the real Mitt Romney please stand up, please stand up, please stand up!

    October 5, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Ind.

    Gloria

    Yes, Romney has my vote. Nothing the president can do in thirtyfive days can erase the previous 57 months.

    *******************
    Agreed

    October 5, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Ind.

    Hussein Obama literally got SCHOOLED in the debate. He doesn't know the first thing about ANY economy much less ours.

    October 5, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. rosco

    @canada enjoy the winter

    October 5, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Inevitably Obama's advisors will have realized it was a mistake not to pounce on the 47% remark, and would plan to bring it up in Debate #2."

    I disagree. I think they purposefully avoided giving Mittens the chance to launch into a prepared apology speech during the debate. Mittens attempt to do it now anyway indicates that he had been desperately hoping for the opportunity during the debate and, because it never materialized, he and Faux Noise had to manufacture the opportunity for him to do it.

    October 5, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Jackson

    myviewis

    Facts Matter: Unemployment rate below 8%, GM is alive and Osama Bin Laden is dead

    It is getting more and more difficult to believe anything former Governor Romney says.
    --------

    President Bush in December 2008 bailed out GM and Chrysler, did you forget???? Obama only followed in Bush's footsteps. Obamacare was created from Romneycare, again Obama followed someone else's footsteps. And Bin Laden was worked on by Clinton and Bush and yes Obama did get Bin Laden at the end but our Ambassador is Dead and so are 3 Navy Seals.

    _____________

    Yes, Obamacare came from Romneycare. When he created Romneycare, Mitt said it would be the model for the country. Now that it is, in fact, the model for the country, he wants to appeal it.

    So, he was for it when it was his, but now he is against it because it isn't is? Etch-a-sketch, flip flop, call it what you will. The man continues to distance himself from all his past opinions.

    How do you trust a man like that?????

    October 5, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    @ Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I agree with you 100%. Willard will reap what he's sown on November 6, 2012.

    October 5, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    @Facts Matter: "... and Osama Bin Laden is dead"

    Killing 1000's with robot bomb drones, lying about Gitmo and torture, and parading an assassinated head about is NOT a progressive president.

    Vote Green Party to end the Military Adventurism.

    October 5, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    If the Romney's 47% statement was wrong yesterday ... then wouldn't it have been wrong 3 weeks ago when the tape came out? Therefore, Mr. Romney has lied again.

    October 5, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. rosco

    @canada
    whats the diff between a canuck and a canoe ???
    a canoe will tip, a canuck wont
    stay in Canada and quit absorbing our resources

    October 5, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit

    Raise your hand if .....
    -------------------------------------------------
    Sniffit you're killing me!
    Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!!
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    @They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Reminds me of the prisoner in front of the Parole Board when asked when he found Jesus...
    "As soon as I heard those bars slam behind me."
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    I couldn't have said it better myself!
    Good one!!!

    October 5, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. CanadaONE

    when would you know that Romeny is telling the truth – NEVER!

    he would be a threat to WORLD PEACE

    see if you can get him off the continent

    send him to the Cayman Island where he has all his money tx free

    October 5, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. rosco

    @canada
    whats the diff between a kanuck and a canoe??
    a canoe will tip , cheap kanucks wont

    October 5, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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