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Romney issues ‘47 percent’ correction on ‘Hannity’ (with tractor backdrop)

Mitt Romney made news last night in an exclusive appearance on the Fox News program “Hannity.” The show’s host, Sean Hannity, noted that in Wednesday night’s debate, President Obama failed to bring up Romney’s “47 percent” comment at an off-the-record but hardly private fundraiser earlier this year. But if he had, how would Romney have handled the issue? Romney:

Clearly in a campaign with hundreds, if not thousands, of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you’re going to say something that doesn’t come out right. In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong. I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100 percent and that’s been demonstrated throughout my life.

That stuff is somewhat important. Now onto the really important stuff. Click on the video above and see the backdrop: Tractor!

Here we have at least the fourth heavy-work-and-labor backdrop in a Fox-Romney interview over the past many months. Let’s look at the other iterations:

Last November, Fox’s Bret Baier interviewed Romney. The backdrop? Stacks of canned goods in a warehouse sort of setting.

And in June, it was Fox’s Carl Cameron’s turn. The backdrop? A patently industrial environment.

September: Cameron again. The backdrop? Building supplies.

The message here? Hard work in factory and on farm.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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