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Obama Campaign Seizes on Romney ‘Victims’ Video

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
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WASHINGTON (AP) – Mitt Romney’s campaign is not disputing a video that shows the Republican presidential candidate saying that almost half of Americans “believe that they are victims.”

The Romney campaign issued a statement to clarify the remarks, which were captured during a private fundraiser and posted Monday on the website of the magazine Mother Jones. When the comments were made isn’t clear.

In the video, Romney says that 47 percent of Americans support Obama. The Republican nominee says that those people are dependent upon government and believe they are victims.

The Republican presidential nominee says the remarks showed a contrast between President Barack Obama’s “government-centered society” and his belief in a “free-market approach.”

Romney offered no apologies at a news conference Monday but conceded the comments were not “elegantly stated” and spoken “off the cuff.”

Romney spokesman Gail Gitcho says Romney wants to “help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy.”

Obama’s campaign is pouncing on the video and using it to encourage supporters to donate money to the president’s re-election effort.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina says it’s “hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”

The video comes as Romney advisers try to reassure party leaders and donors about the Republican’s ability to win the White House.

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