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Romney battles firestorm over 47 percent remarks

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Mitt Romney campaigns in Florida and Georgia Wednesday as the political firestorm over his off-the-cuff remarks still rages.

Running mate Paul Ryan is defending the controversial comments, but also called Romney "obviously inarticulate."

President Obama has weighed in as well. The president appeared on CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman." President Obama threw an elbow at Mitt Romney for his controversial comment that nearly half of Americans view themselves as victims.

"One of the things I've learned as president is you represent the entire country," Obama said. "And my expectation is if you want to be president you've to work for everybody, not just for some."

It was the president's first time weighing in on the secretly recorded video—leaked to the left leaning Mother Jones Magazine—showing Romney telling wealthy donors 47 percent of the country is dependent on government.

"My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," Romney said in the video.

Since the tape's release, the Romney Campaign has been scrambling to control the damage. Romney last night on Fox News' Covuto said, "We were of course talking about a campaign and how he's going to get close to half the vote."

The controversy comes at an awful time for the GOP nominee. He's fallen behind President Obama in most polls and the comments could highlight one of his weaknesses: voters don't believe Romney is empathetic.

A recent ABC News/Washington post poll found 58 percent of Americans said Romney would favor the wealthy over the middle class.

Republicans are trying to take attention off the Romney tape, pointing to an audio recording of then-state Senator Obama 14 years ago appearing to endorse wealth redistribution. The Obama Campaign called the attack "desperate."


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