Last month, Fox News was trying to pretend they weren't even aware of the leaked tapes of Mitt Romney talking about his disdain for the 47 percent when they aired his late night press conference where he was desperately attempting some damage control. This Thursday evening on Fox, Romney was allowed by Sean Hannity to just rewrite his whole response. He didn't really mean what he said at all now.
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 demonstarted throughout my life. This whole campaign is about the 100 percent. When I become president it'll be about helping the 100 percent."
As they noted, that's not at all what he said during that press conference, when he simply said his words were "not elegantly stated" and "off the cuff." Romney's changed his position so many times and told so many lies, I'm wondering when or if he's going to finally start suffering some real political damage for it. Sadly, a lot of that is going to be up to the media and whether the outlets other than Fox, who is actively campaigning for him, are going to start calling him out.
In the mean time, since he didn't get a chance to try to sanitize his remarks during the debate, he ran to Sean's loving arms at Fox to have them "Hannitized" instead.