After defending his latest rich-guy gaffe for a day, Mitt Romney is finally walking it back, saying he “misspoke.”In a CNN interview on Wednesday morning, Romney startled everyone by announcing that “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”
When the anchor, Soledad O’Brien, immediately followed up on this statement, Romney said it had been taken out of context–what he meant was he wasn’t concerned about very poor people because the country already had a safety net in place for them. And the Romney campaign blasted CNN and defended the statement for more than a day.
But the instant consensus was that this was yet another example of how the mega-wealthy Romney has no appreciation for (or interest in) the lives led by a significant percentage of Americans, and by Thursday evening, he had a new take on his remark:
In an interview with Nevada’s “Face to Face with Jon Ralston,” the former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential front-runner said he merely flubbed a line that he has said before.
“It was a misstatement; I misspoke,” Romney said, according to a transcript provided to The Fix. “I’ve said something that is similar to that but quite acceptable for a long time.”
We look forward to details on what he means by “something that is similar to that but quite acceptable.”
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