What a shameful accusation, made all the worse as Romney is such a wealthy man. He and his wife are no newcomers to wealth and privilege, meaning that they have no idea how most Americans live.
His accusations were aimed at a swathe of Americans who do not pay taxes. That is they have no suitable income to be taxed. His remarks were disparaging especially considering that he manages to pay a low rate of tax in spite of his vast wealth.
Romney's remarks regarding 47% of Americans was muttered behind closed doors. It was secretly taped at a Romney fund raiser. This will leave many wondering how honest his words are in TV debates. Are they just empty words aimed at winning? Perhaps behind the closed doors of fund raisers Romney speaks what he believes to be the truth?
Mitt Romney yesterday said that his words regarding 47% of Americans were "completely wrong" Well we knew that all along. Shame it took Mitt so long to realise his words were wrong. His apology may be from the heart or just because he was caught out.
Speaking with Fox Romney said, "Well, clearly in a campaign, with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and 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 100% and that's been demonstrated throughout my life. And this whole campaign is about the 100%."
Do we believe him? Do we Hell. Today President Obama has bounced back on the strength of better than expected unemployment figures. Mitt Romney is trying to tie up lose ends. His 47% gaffe is just one of many such gaffes.
Voters will have to decide if they trust him enough to make him the next President of the USA.
The cynic in us would not be surprised if all of this was engineered. You know, upset some of the electorate and then back pedal. In doing so he can appease the masses but his true followers will know it was all a sham. Romney may not be clever enough for all of this but his campaign managers could be.
In truth Romney did not say his sentiment was wrong simply his wording. US voters are fickle but are they easily swayed. If they believe Romney's words they must be very naive.