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article imageMitt Romney on 2012: 'I said things that didn't come out right'

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 7, 2013 in Politics
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency spoke with CNN's Gloria Borger this week and told her he had regrets about his loss. The former governor of Massachusetts spoke about saying things during the campaign he should not have.
The man who failed to unseat U.S. President Barack Obama was candid in his assessment of what one of his biggest mistakes was. Mr. Romney said that he remains "very upset" about his remarks at a private fundraiser in which he criticized Obama supporters for being victims and expecting handouts.
Those remarks were made at a fundraiser in May of 2012 at the home of the controversial financier Marc Leder. Once made public last September, his claim that 47 percent of Americans are essentially freeloaders haunted him for the entire campaign.
Romney: 47 percent of Americans are "dependent"
He told Borger things get taken out of context in modern elections and implied he was the victim of that. However, his remarks at that fundraiser seem simple enough and there doesn't appear to be any way of taking them other than the way they were intended.
"There are 47% of people who are with him (Obama), who are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims," he said. "Who believe the government has to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you-name-it."
He added that his "job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
In referencing his words on CNN, Romney said, "things don't come out exactly the way you want them to come out. They don't sound the way you thought they sounded. And now, with a good opposition campaign, they grab it, they blow it up, maybe they take it a bit out of context, maybe they don't, but, it obviously, is paraded in a way that you hadn't intended."
Romney continues to be involved with the Republican Party and is hosting a gathering of top party members called "Experts and Enthusiasts" in Utah throughout the weekend.
With regards his loss to Obama and the 47 percent he told Borger that "you have to get over it and live with it."
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