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    Romney Defends 47% Comments

    CONCORD, NH - SEPTEMBER 6:  Lurching forward to answer his last question from the media concerning the war in Afghanistan, Republican candidate for President Governor Mitt Romney returns to his motorcade after talking to veterans across from the New Hampshire State Capitol building in Concord, New Hampshire, on Thursday, September, 6, 2012. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

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    Democrats and Republicans alike are criticizing Mitt Romney for his remarks leaked Tuesday claiming that “47 percent” of Americans are “dependent on the government.” Appearing on The Late Show on Tuesday, President Obama criticized Romney's comments, adding that a president must "work for everyone, not just for some." In an appearance Tuesday afternoon on Fox News, Romney attempted to clarify his comments, saying, “I do believe that we should have enough jobs and enough take-home pay such that people have the privilege of higher incomes that allow them to be paying taxes.” He added that Democrats “believe you have to take from some and give to others.” In the leaked May 17 speech, Romney also claimed Palestinians have “no interest” in peace with Israel.

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