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Romney’s culture remark offers peek at worldview

Often ties culture to nations’ wealth

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney made what seemed to be a presumptuous statement this week: that some countries — particularly Israel, the United States, and Chile — are more economically vibrant than their neighbors because of the cultures within those countries.

The comment triggered a firestorm, with Palestinian leaders calling it racist and his campaign trying to backtrack by saying Romney’s remarks were taken out of context. But over the past several days — as Romney himself penned an opinion article standing by them — it has become clear that they illustrate part of Romney’s core beliefs of the world, informing the underpinnings of his economic and global philosophies.

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