In one of the least sincere apologies in recent history, Willard said that he erred in his remarks on the 47% of the population without a federal income tax liability. You know, the statement where he basically called Social Security recipients, combat soldiers, those on disability, and lower paid working people worthless looters and moochers. The story is here. Excerpts:
Mitt Romney's secretly taped comment about "47 percent" of Americans never made an appearance in last night's presidential debate. But on Sean Hannity's show on Fox tonight, Mitt Romney was asked what his response would have been had the debate moderator Jim Lehrer, or President Obama, confronted the candidate about the tape.
Here's his answer, portions of which likely would have been prepared ahead of the debate:
"Well, clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. In this case I said something that's just completely wrong. And I absolutely believe however that my life has shown that I care about the 100 percent and that has been demonstrated throughout my life. This whole campaign is about the 100 percent. When I become president it'll be about helping the 100 percent."
Hmmm. Romney recently said it was an "off-the-cuff" remark. Here's what he actually said in May:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
That doesn't sound too "off-the-cuff" to me. Sounds like something Willard has thought about before, and deeply believes. The question that needs to be asked, therefore, is this:
WAS HE LYING WHEN HE SAID IT OR IS HE LYING NOW THAT HE'S APOLOGIZING FOR IT?