New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has joined the growing "chorus of Republicans criticizing presidential nominee Mitt Romney for his dismissing of 47 percent of voters." Martinez, who just last month spoke on behalf of Romney at the Republican National Convention, defended the people at the poverty level in her state, saying that they "count just as much as anybody else." The fact that New Mexico provides a safety net for those who are less financially stable, she added, is "a good thing." Other notable Republicans, including Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon, have also distanced themselves from Romney's statements calling 47 percent of the country freeloaders who don't pay income taxes and expect the government to take care of them.
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