GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is up with a new ad in Virginia and other key states seeking to allay concerns caused by controversial comments caught on tape at a private Florida fundraiser.
The new ad, titled “Many Americans,” is the second in which he speaks straight to camera.
“Too many Americans today are struggling — living paycheck to paycheck,” he says. “More Americans live in poverty than when President Obama took office. We should measure our compassion by how many of our fellow Americans are able to get good paying jobs, not by how many are on welfare.”
Romney adds: “My economic plan will get America back to work and strengthen the middle class.”
The ad appears aimed at undoing any damage caused by his remarks from earlier this year.
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney told the crowd at the Florida event. “All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them.”