Romney spoke the most extensively so far last night at a Univision forum about his 47% comments and instead said his campaign was about 100%, NBC’s Garrett Haake reports: "First of all, this is a campaign about the 100 percent. And over the last several years, you’ve seen greater and greater divisiveness in this country. We had hoped to come back together but instead you've seen us pulled apart. I am concerned about the fact that over the past four years, life has become harder for Americans."
He also laughed at his joke that he’d have an easier time winning if he were actually Latino: "I think for political purposes that might have helped me here at the University of Miami today.”
He also tried to explain his “self-deportation” comments from a GOP primary debate: "I said I'm not in favor of a deportation, a mass deportation effort rounding up 12 million people and kicking them out of the country. I believe people make their own choices as to whether they want to go home and that's what I mean by self-deportation. People decide if they want to go back to the country of their origin and get in line legally to be able to come to this country."
And he softened his tone and support for the controversial Arizona immigration law: "One aspect of the Arizona law which I think is worthwhile to consider and be part of a federal solution is this idea of an employment verification system. The reason there is an Arizona law is because the federal government and specifically President Obama didn't solve the immigration problem when he came into office.”
But during a Republican primary debate, Romney said he would push to drop lawsuits against Arizona’s law: “[T]he right course for America is to drop these lawsuits against Arizona and other states that are trying to do the job Barack Obama isn't doing. And I will drop those lawsuits on day one.”
(By the way, as Politifact pointed out, Romney didn’t called SB 1070 a “model” for the nation, but an earlier 2007 E-Verify law. But he did refer to both in the same paragraph.)
The Wall Street Journal: “Romney Softens Tone at Univision Forum.”
After Romney’s 47% “victims” comments, the Boston Globe points out that Romney’s father received public assistance: “Mitt Romney had harsh words for welfare recipients in a hidden-camera videotape from a May fundraiser that was leaked this week. But his own father was once among public aid recipients. As the Globe has previously reported, George Romney’s family fled from Mexico in 1912 to escape a revolution there, and benefited from a $100,000 fund established by Congress to help refugees who had lost their homes and most of their belongings. That fund may have been what Lenore Romney, George Romney’s wife and Mitt Romney’s mother, was referring to in a video that was posted online earlier this month but has received renewed attention in the wake of Mitt Romney’s comments.”
Romney has a new ad featuring Marco Rubio talking about Medicare.
The New York Times fact checks Romney’s “Dear Daughter” ad: “It is true, as the ad points out, that the poverty level among women, at 16.3 percent, is the highest in 17 years, according to the Census Bureau. But the unemployment rate for men is 8.3 percent; for women it is 7.8 percent. The ad also notes that more than 5.5 million women are unemployed, about a half-million more than when Mr. Obama took office. But the ad does not say that the number of unemployed women started to rise sharply in 2008, before he took office, and has come down from a peak of 6.4 million in 2010.”
The Romney campaign announced a three-day Ohio bus tour beginning Monday.
The Romney campaign is once again trying to reframe the presidential race. Now, it’s “opportunity society” vs. government dependency.
After all that… “A Georgia-based restaurant chain that drew national attention when its owner reaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage says it's leaving the debate to politicians in the future,” AP writes. “Chick-fil-A issued a statement to that effect Wednesday when asked to comment on a claim earlier in the day that the company had stopped funding organizations that oppose same-sex marriage.”