Romney tried to do some "damage control" when he hastily arranged a news conference Monday night to explain the comments he gave behind closed doors during a recent party fundraiser. While the Republican presidential nominee called his comments “off the cut” and “not elegantly stated,” after having several opportunities, he still chose not to back off from his comments.
During a fundraiser held at the home of a supporter in Florida, when asked what he would do to make sure Americans take care of themselves, Romney said his job is not to worry about those Americans who think it's government’s job to take care of them and he knows those 47 percent people are going to vote for the president.
“I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5-10 percent of people who 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," Romney said, according to a report by NBC News.
Denying the accusation that he delivers two separate messages to his fundraisers and to the American people at large, Romney said at the press conference that he stands by his earlier comments, which essentially highlight the difference between him and Obama on how much the government should be interfering in the lives of Americans.
"This is, of course, something I talk about a good deal in rallies and speeches and so forth, which is the president and I have very different approaches to the future of America and what it takes to ignite our economy and put people back to work," Romney said.
"The president believes in what I’ve described as a government centered society where government plays and larger and larger role, provides for more and more of the needs of individuals and I happen to believe instead in a free enterprise, free individual society where people pursuing their dreams are able to employ one another, build enterprises, build the strongest economy in the world," he added.
When asked if he is worried that he has offended nearly half of the American population, Romney said that the president’s message on taxes is indeed very attractive and therefore he does not expect those Americans who are not paying any taxes to stand up for him.