Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who is locked in a tough race in Massachusetts, is distancing himself from Mitt Romney's declaration that 47 percent of Americans depend on government handouts.
"That’s not the way I view the world," Brown told The Hill. "As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into public assistance for lack of jobs."
Brown's Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren also seized on Romney's remarks, caught on hidden video at a fundraiser in May.
“Romney just wrote off half the people in Massachusetts and half the people in America as deadbeats,” Warren told the Washington Post. “This is a separate category of contempt for half of our fellow citizens.”