Romney shifts tone in USA Today op-ed

September 19, 2012

In a USA Today op-ed, Mitt Romney recasts his economic philosophy as one that would lift poorer Americans out of dependency.

"My course for the American economy will encourage private investment and personal freedom," Romney writes. "Instead of creating a web of dependency, I will pursue policies that grow our economy and lift Americans out of poverty."

While he doesn't mention the comments he made at a Florida fundraiser earlier this year, Romney is clearly trying to downplay his claim that he could "never convince" the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income tax  that "they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." Numerous conservatives have pushed back on that argument, saying that they aim to help everyone succeed. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · September 19, 2012