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Romney defends '47 percent' remarks
 
Mitt Romney leaves 10 Downing Street after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron: The Republican offended many Brits when he said London didn't seem prepared for the Olympics.
Mitt Romney leaves 10 Downing Street after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron: The Republican offended many Brits when he said London didn't seem prepared for the Olympics.
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In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Mitt Romney defended his earlier claim that nearly half of Americans view themselves as "victims" and are so "dependent" on government that they'll vote for President Obama "no matter what." Romney's remarks were captured in a secret video of a private fundraiser in May, and their publication this week has led to instant condemnation from Democrats and Republicans alike, though some conservatives praised Romney for noting that 47 percent of Americans — mostly the poor and the elderly — don't pay federal income taxes. Romney told Fox News that he was not dismissing that portion of the electorate, and attempted to use the remarks to frame his political differences with Obama. "The president's view is one of larger government," Romney said, citing a 1998 video in which Obama said he approves of wealth "redistribution" in America.

 

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