Romney: 'Victims' comment not elegantly stated

(AP) - Republican Mitt Romney is trying to head off a new distraction for his campaign after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors

EDISON - (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney is trying to head off a new distraction for his campaign after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that 47 percent of all Americans "believe they are victims" entitled to help from the government.

Romney offered no apologies at a news conference Monday but conceded the comments were not "elegantly stated" and spoken "off the cuff."

The Republican presidential nominee says the remarks showed a contrast between President Barack Obama's "government-centered society" and his belief in a "free-market approach."

Obama's campaign is pouncing on the video and using it to encourage supporters to donate money to the president's re-election effort.

The video comes as Romney advisers try to reassure party leaders and donors about the Republican's ability to win the White House.

Here is the full video posted by MotherJones.com:

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