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Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Has Mr. Romney ever said anything that he didn't later reverse of modify?

Fresno, CA

He should have just blame George W. -- that's what Obama always does....

Provo, UT

Shake shake shake that etch-a-sketch.

Salt Lake City, UT

He's only doing this because it was hurting him in the polls. If he really thought it was wrong he'd have said as much when he had his impromptu press conference the day it went viral to say it was wrong but instead he stood by it, merely calling it inelegantly put.

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

Has Obama? Or any other politician? Let me ask you a question directly. If every single word you said were recorded and displayed before the entire country would you be found as saying things that contradict yourself? You can't play that card when comparing ANY politician.

West Jordan, UT

It is really becoming obvious that Governor Romney will say whatever he thinks he needs to say depending on who he is speaking to. The problem that America has is that we don't know who the real Mitt Romney is. I wish he would have just been himself. It probably would have worked out better for him.

Durham, NC

@fresnogirl - when exactly do you believe the recession started... since you disagree with Obama on that. Would love to know.

What I am more interested to hear from fall those on who post here, who agreed with the 47% comments, now position themselves. Romney was big enough to say he was wrong. Will all those other "conservatice" take the mia culpa as well... or continually and doggidly try to deamonize those they feel superiour too.

Interesting and good step forward. It is the moving of Mitt back to the center-right. Lets see how far he gets to move.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
"He's only doing this because it was hurting him in the polls."

It takes a man to admit when he's wrong. Probably why you don't see Obama doing it.

Ogden, UT

He's sorry that he got caught. It was pretty clear from the video that he meant what he said. The person making the comment on the video was the truthful Mitt. Now he's finding out that his (truthful) comment is hampering his chances for election. So -- he just does what he usually does -- Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop. And on and on and on.

This is NOT what the country and its people need.

Provo, UT

If we stretch the concept of "apology" as broad as possible, and take every one of Mitt's position reversals as an acknowledgement that he was "completely wrong", then Mitt has got to be the most mistaken man ever to run for POTUS, and the most apologetic one, too!

Then how can he attack Obama for being overly apologetic?

Mitt, you are not adding up or making sense.

Provo, UT

And one more thing. In the debate, Mitt mentioned his sons.

well, I was just wondering what kind of a man throws his kids under the bus by telling everyone they lie, and does it for the trite purpose of chalking up a zinger in the debate?

Sometimes it seems Mitt says things to benefit himself without regard or consideration for how it harms others, even those supposedly closest to him. That does not strike me as a desirable trait in a President, much less an avowed Christian.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

flip flop flip flop....

Some will never learn...

Provo, UT

But Rifleman, when he said it, you thought he was spot on. So which is it? Was he right when he said it or is he right now that he says he was wrong? Basically, partisan Republicans are going to say he is right whatever he says. Which makes absolutely no sense. Talk about Etch a Sketch. Romney is now moving to the center. Question is, which Romney would govern if he won? This new Romney is great. Problem is, that isn't the Romney that we've been hearing from for the past 6 years.

Voice of Reason
Layton, UT

My opinion of Romney just went down a notch, since this "apology" was obviously driven by politics. Anyone with a teaspoon of brain matter knows he was talking about not worrying about the VOTES of that 47% - he obviously wasn't saying he simply "didn't care" about half the country. Nobody being honest with themselves truly believes that. And that's exactly what he should have stuck to. Even Obama knows this; he knew that if he tried that cheap shot in a debate format, with Romney able to defend himself directly, would have been disastrous.

Now, if only Obama would start apologizing for the trail of economy and jobs-killing policies he's left behind after four years, instead of apologizing for his nation overseas, then maybe we could turn this nation around and start repairing the damage of the last 4 years. Either way, fixing this mess BO has left behind is going to take a long time.

Santa Fe, NM

At this point I don't have a dog in the fight:

Mitts reversal is purely political with time running out. His 47% statement (the WHOLE statement, not the soundbite alone) is his true belief of the landscape of America. In short, out of touch or least oblivious to how the true middle and struggling lower class live.

I have my share of Obama comments, so don't think I am being one sided here.

Durham, NC

@Rifleman "It takes a man to admit when he's wrong. Probably why you don't see Obama doing it."

Ummm,so when Romney decides apologizing is cool, admitting he said something wrong... Obama goes from the "apologizer-n-Chief" to someone who doesn't apologize enough.

Good grief... this is wrose than first grade. One would hope that the conversaion could move on beyond "I know you are but what am I" to something more substansive, like which economic model actually works, is American ready to open a third war in the middle east, or how dow we get to a balanced budget.

No, instead, we are stuck grovelling in the mudd with "I am rubber - your are glue".

These guys are more in common than the political rhetoric would ever let you beleive. It is time for the gamesmanship to end, and statesmanship to take the stage.

Anti Government
Alpine, UT

The libs complain he said it and now they complain he admitted his mistake and he is a flip flopper for it.

As usual, playing both sides.

Just shows they are nothing but biased liberal hacks with an agenda. Anything to beat down the opponent. Kind of like the debates the other night...they had nothing at all show up so they send out an attack dog and call Romney a "liar".

I guess when you see momentum shift you get desperate and have to do something. The President had nothing and they know it.

Romney said the 47% thing once. Obama is on the record alot saying he wants to "share the wealth" "spread it around" and there is no mistaking the dude is a blatant socialist. Take from those who work and produce and give it to those who won't.

Always do as I say not as I do though with liberals. Do you ever see them donate additional taxes if they are so rich and believe it is the right thing to do? I mean they trust the govt will spend their money well so I am not sure what is stopping them.



So Mitt doesn't think all non-taxpayers have the victim mentality and expect govt. to take care of them?

But Mitt, Republicans here have been defending your comments! Govt. creates dependency don't you know?

Who are Republicans going to vote for now?

btw If Romney follows his plan to repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax, he will save himself the $674,000+ in AMT taxes he paid last year.

Saint George, UT

100's of comments supporting the original 47% comment...

and yes toygunboy, you were right there...

100's of comments excoriating President Obama for apologizing...

and yes toygunboy, you were right there...

Now romney, the personification of plutocracy, is apologizing for his 47% comment?

No comments from rabid right wing zealots excoriating romney for apologizing?

No comments from right wing zealots repudiating romney for backing away from his original rediculous 47% comments?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Does he still feel the same way but wishes he hadn't said what he said, or does he understand what he said was not only wrong, but inaccurate and hurtful.

It is never right to make generalized statements about people. You don't know what there circumstances are, you don't know how they arrived where they are at. We have a whole bunch of service men and women who have given their best on our behalf that are homeless that are facing personal demons caused by their service to this country, that are not paying taxes. They are not victims we as a country are in their debt and we should be taking better care of them. Many current and former military men and women are part of the 47% that does not pay taxes. If Mr. Romney truly understood the error in his belief, he would talk about those people. He might even propose using some of that increase in military spending he wants to help them.

They way he made this apology seems like he did it for political purposes to try and put the comment behind him not because he understands his error.

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