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Mitt Romney campaigning in Sarasota, taking new tone on '47 percent'

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Mitt Romney was caught on videotape criticizing Obama voters.



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Sarasota, Florida -- People who rally for Mitt Romney in Sarasota on Thursday will likely hear a notably different tone on his secretly recorded "47 percent" remarks.

In the past 18 hours, he has changed directions on the big thing folks are still talking about.

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Romney was secretly recorded talking to a group of wealthy donors during a stop here in Florida. In the video, he said he had no intention of reaching out to 47 percent of Americans.

He argued they pay no federal income tax, don't care about their lives, see themselves as victims, and freeload from the government.

The Republican nominee held a rally in Miami on Wednesday. And then, in a candidate forum on the Spanish language network Univision, Romney said he supports "the 100 percent in America."

He says in the talk with donors, he was referring to President Obama's economic policies, which he says have caused more people to need government help to live.

"My campaign is about the 100 percent in America and I'm concerned about them. This is a campaign about helping people who need help. Right now the people who are poor need help getting out of poverty.

This new tone comes after days of defending his statements.

He previously told reporters he meant what he said in that secretly recorded meeting, even though it did not come across elegantly.

Reporters have pointed out that even the chunk of Americans who pay no federal income tax do pay federal taxes for the big social programs: Medicare, Social Security, and unemployment.

Mitt Romney's September 20th rally in Sarasota is at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art at 5401 Bay Shore Road.

That's essentially at the intersection of U.S. 41 and University Parkway.

The doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the program, including remarks by Governor Romney, will start shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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