"(Balz) interjected, “But when you said there are 47 percent who won’t take personal responsibility — ” Before I finished, he jumped in. “Actually, I didn’t say that. . . .That’s how it began to be perceived, and so I had to ultimately respond to the perception, because perception is reality.”
What Romney actually said:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what...[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
I don't think much of a comment is needed. This is so much standard Conservative behavior that it hardly bears noticing.