McLEAN, Va. – Virginia Republican George Allen became the latest Senate candidate to distance himself from Mitt Romney's claim that the 47% of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes think of themselves as victims dependent on the government.
"I have my own point of view, and my point of view is people of America still believe in the American dream," Allen said in a televised debate Thursday with Democrat Tim Kaine. The two former governors are in a tight race for the seat now held by Sen. Jim Webb, who is retiring.
"They don't look at themselves as victims," Allen said. "They want a government that reflects their values and gives them the opportunity to reach their aspirations."
Kaine called Romney's comments "condescending and divisive" and said it was easy to see why Virginians would disagree with that sentiment.