Romney on 47 Percent Gaffe: 'Not What I Meant'

The former presidential hopeful reflects on his loss and not having connected with minority voters.

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Mitt Romney is back and reflecting on how he lost the White House to President Obama. On Sunday, the former Republican presidential hopeful talked to Fox News about one of his biggest campaign mistakes and his struggle to connect with minority voters, writes the Hill.

Looking back at his presidential bid, Romney said he was hurt by his inability to win over minority votes and over his “47 percent” remarks.

Romney said his campaign was not “effective in taking my message primarily to minority voters.” 

“That was a real weakness,” he said. 

Romney also said his remark that "47 percent" of Americans believed they were "victims" and expected government to provide for them was an “unfortunate statement.”

“It's not what I meant.  I didn't express myself as I wished I would have. You know, when you speak in private, uh, you don't spend as much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted and -- and it could come out wrong and be used,” he said. 

“That hurt.  There's no question that hurt and did real damage to my campaign,” he continued.

Read more at the Hill.

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