In the wake of Mitt Romney‘s controversial comments about the “47 percent” of voters who support the president’s reelection, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown distanced himself, clarifying that he doesn’t agree with what the GOP presidential hopeful said.
The Republican senator told The Hill:
“That’s not the way I view the world. As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, 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,” he said in the email.
Brown said that the large volume of Americans receiving public assistance and the growth in the food stamp program are part of the reasons he’s running for Senate, as Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren’s policies would lead to hundreds of thousands of lost jobs.
Republican candidate for Senate in Connecticut Linda McMahon also came out against Romney’s comments, offering her sympathy to those struggling. “I know that the vast majority of those who rely on government are not in that situation because they want to be,” she said.
On Monday night, Romney sought to clarify his comments in a press conference, during which he said his remark was “not elegantly stated,” and that he could have stated his point “more clearly and in a more effective way.”
(H/T The Hill)
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