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Politics

Romney holds to views, tries to quiet uproar

Speaks of opportunity; says in video that Palestinians don’t want peace

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney sought on Tuesday to quell the controversy surrounding his comments disparaging nearly half of the electorate, attempting­ to engage in a philosophical debate over the role of government even as some in his party began distancing themselves from their presidential standard-bearer.

As the full 49-minute video from a private May fund-raiser emerged online, Romney largely stuck with his controversial comment that President Obama’s supporters are “dependent on government,” even as he acknowledged that some among his targeted 47 percent cannot be so easily categorized.

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