Erick Erickson: Romney’s 47 Percent Comments ‘Dumb’

September 19, 2012 4:14 a.m.
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Erick Erickson, a conservative who is critical of Mitt Romney but has defended his 47 percent comments leaked on Monday, conceded that his remarks were “dumb” on CNN’s “Starting Point” Wednesday morning. Though Erickson continued to urge Romney to double down on the comment, he did say the remarks were inarticulate and not entirely correct. 

“I think that’s the problem,” Erickson said, responding to a question about the accuracy of the 47 percent number. “He was off the cuff. He was at a closed-door meeting. He didn’t think he was on the record. Even at his press conference later he said he wasn’t very articulate. He’s going to have to explain that. Even conservatives like me who don’t think this is as damaging as a lot of people say, have to concede the remark was really inarticulate at best and really dumb.” 


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