(WASHINGTON) — Democrats aren’t the only ones taking issue with the now-famous fundraiser video of Mitt Romney characterizing the 47 percent of voters who will vote for Obama as “dependent on government.” Some Republicans have also denounced his comments.
Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, a Republican who supports Romney, issued a statement distancing himself from what Romney was seen saying.
“That’s not the way I view the world,” Brown said in a statement on Tuesday. ”I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into public assistance for lack of jobs.”
Polling in Massachusetts has consistently shown Obama with a strong lead over Romney, and strategists there agree that Brown needs to court crossover voters — people who favor Obama — in order to keep his seat in the fall.
Connecticut’s Republican Senate candidate, Linda McMahon, also posted a statement Tuesday.
“I disagree with Governor Romney’s insinuation that 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims who must depend on the government for their care,” McMahon said in the statement. “I know that the vast majority of those who rely on government are not in that situation because they want to be. People today are struggling because the government has failed to keep America competitive, failed to support job creators, and failed to get our economy back on track.”
McMahon, who is probably best known as the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, is in a similar position to Senator Brown. Running in a traditionally blue state, McMahon will also need to court crossover voters in order to win her race.
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