“Republicans are and should be the party of the 47 percent”
Cruz, speaking at the National Review Institute summit in Washington, was quick to say he wasn’t criticizing Romney, but that the party lost a messaging battle with the electorate and that comment was just a symptom of the problem.
“To sum up what went wrong last election, I think it comes down to two words: 47 percent. Now by that I don’t mean that ill-fated comment. I think Mitt Romney is a good man. He worked very very hard. He’s a decent man of character. Anyone can have a slip of the tongue. What I mean by 47 percent is the narrative of the last election. The narrative of the last election was that 47 percent were dependent on government [and] we don’t have to worry about them. … It buys into the premise that the economic pie is fixed and that it never changes,” Cruz said.