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Mitt Romney calls 47% remarks ‘wrong’

FISHERSVILLE, Va. — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has described his disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who do not pay federal income taxes as ‘‘not elegantly stated.’’ Now he’s calling them ‘‘just completely wrong.’’

The original remarks, secretly recorded during a fund-raiser in May and posted online in September by the magazine Mother Jones, sparked intense criticism of Romney and provided fodder to those who portray him as an out-of-touch millionaire oblivious to the lives of average Americans.

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