Whether it's how Reagan's trickle-down theories saved the country, or that he ended the Cold War, Republicans love to rewrite history. Now it's Mitt Romney's turn. His "47%" comments were taken out of context. He didn't say it, is what he told Dan Balz, in an extensive interview:
...I interjected, “But when you said there are 47 percent who won’t take personal responsibility — ” Before I finished, he jumped in. “Actually, I didn’t say that.. . .That’s how it began to be perceived, and so I had to ultimately respond to the perception, because perception is reality.”Well, what he said was "And so my job is not to worry about those people -- I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like." Had he not said the "personal responsibility" thing, maybe he'd have a case. But he did. So he doesn't.