“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 come out right. In this case I said something that's just completely wrong,” Romney told Sean Hannity on Fox News [last night]. “And I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100 percent. And that has been demonstrated throughout my life. And this whole campaign is about the 100 percent. When I become president it will be about helping the 100 percent.”
Larison shakes his head:
The real question is: why did he wait until now? It would have been much easier to repudiate his comments from the video weeks ago and minimize the damage they have caused. Doing so now makes Romney seem as opportunistic as ever. It is only after the damage has been done and he realizes that the comments are dragging him down that he casts them aside. On almost every issue, Romney gives the impression that everything is negotiable, and his commitment at any given moment doesn’t mean much of anything. One week, he’s supposedly the scourge of government dependency, and the next he abandons that line of attack entirely. Romney demonstrates on an almost daily basis that he can’t be trusted. Even when he is correcting obvious mistakes, he gives people reason to doubt him.
First Read adds:
It was a smart time to do it — better to do this clean-up work with the wind at your back than in damage-control mode. But it does raise the question: How many re-sets can a presidential nominee have? Three weeks ago, you’re standing by what you said, even if it was inartful; now you’re saying it was completely wrong.