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Obama TV ad hits Romney over '47 percent' remarks

The Obama campaign on Thursday released a third ad hitting Mitt Romney for controversial comments he made at a recent fundraiser.

The ad, which The Washington Post reports will air in seven critical swing-states, simply plays audio of Romney’s comments over images of blue-collar workers, the working poor, veterans and the elderly.

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“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney says in the ad. “Who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, you name it. And they will vote for this president no matter what. My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Romney initially stood by the comments, but has since said called them “inelegant” and said he will be the president of the “100 percent.”

Romney spokesperson Amanda Henneberg told The Hill in an email that Obama’s policies are to blame for the country’s economic woes.

“President Obama’s policies have devastated the middle class – unemployment remains chronically high, poverty has increased, and incomes have fallen,” she said. “This election presents a clear choice between the government dependency of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s vision of economic freedom. Mitt Romney’s plan for a stronger middle class will create more jobs and more take-home pay, helping all Americans by spurring economic growth, creating 12 million jobs, and getting the economy on the right track again.”