In a “God, wish I hadn’t said that” moment, Republican Presidential challenger Mitt Romney now admits he was “completely wrong” in his now-infamous “47 percent” comment.
Said Romney on Sean Hannity‘s show on Fox News:
Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you’re gonna say something that doesn’t come out right.In this case I said something that’s just completely wrong. When I become president it will be about helping the 100 percent.
Romney, of course, was referring to his comments, taped during a fundraiser earlier this year, the “47 percent of Americans” that he said don’t pay taxes. His comments became campaign fodder for the campaign of incumbent President Barack Obama.
Romney now appears to be willing to admit a mistake — a rarity among Presidential candidates. A search of the Capitol Hill Blue archives finds a similar moment in 1980 when Ronald Reagan tapped former primary opponent George H.W. Bush as his running mate.
After Reagan announced his selection, a reporter asked Bush: “During the primary campaign, you criticised Gov. Reagan for what you called his ‘voodoo economics.’ How do you feel about that comment now?”
Replied Bush: “God, wish I hadn’t said that.”