The Straits Times
Published on Oct 05, 2012

Romney says '47%' remarks were 'completely wrong'


HARRISONBURG, Virginia (AFP) - Mitt Romney said on late Thursday that his secretly-filmed remarks dismissing 47 per cent of Americans as government dependents were "completely wrong."

Fresh from a victory in the first presidential debate that seemed to get his campaign back on track after the earlier remarks derailed it, the Republican challenger addressed the controversy in an interview on Fox News.

"Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you are going to say something (that) doesn't out come right," he said.

"In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong. I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about the 100 per cent."