Mitt fast and furiously backpedals remarks regarding Palestinian culture (which was a direct quote)

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney set off a firestorm over anger by Palestinian leaders after  he suggested that the Israeli economy had outpaced the economy of the Palestinian territories in part because of advantages of “culture.”

I didn’t say that direct quote!









Backpedalling quickly, Romney’s campaign said after his remarks were reported in the media while in Israel that his statement was misinterpreted. “This was not in any way an attempt to slight the Palestinians,” Stuart Stevens, Romney’s chief strategist, told reporters in a later stop in Gdansk, Poland. “And everyone knows that.”

His words as transcribed per the Washington Post:

“As you come here and you see the [Gross Domestic Product] per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” Romney said, according to a pool report.

“Culture makes all the difference. Culture makes all the difference,” Romney said, repeating the conclusion he drew from that book, by David Landes. “And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things.”

It was only a matter of minutes before Mitt’s spin doctors turned this around, before the candidate’s next stop.

  • katie anderson

    Flippity floppity.

  • Nomad

    One embarrassment after the other. Usually a candidate doesn’t make this much of a fool of himself until AFTER he becomes president.

  • Kari Havoth

    Schroedinger’s Candidate: He is conservative and liberal at the same time. His opinion is dependent on the views of the asker. And in his wee lil heart…he knows Universal Healthcare IS the effin right answer. And that he’s a Mormon racist…