(CNN) - Two Republican Senate candidates from blue states condemned Tuesday the newly revealed remarks by Mitt Romney who claimed that 47% of the country believes they are victims, dependent on the government for food, housing, and health care.
Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Linda McMahon of Connecticut, both in tight election battles that could determine which party controls the Senate, sought to distance themselves from Romney's controversial remarks brought to light in a secretly recorded video of a closed-door May fundraiser published Monday.
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"That's not the way I view the world," Brown said in a statement released by his campaign. "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."
"I disagree with Governor Romney's insinuation that 47% of Americans believe they are victims who must depend on the government for their care," McMahon said in a statement posted on her website. "I know that the vast majority of those who rely on government are not in that situation because they want to be. People today are struggling because the government has failed to keep America competitive, failed to support job creators, and failed to get our economy back on track."
McMahon, who is now wealthy, recounted how she and her husband Vince McMahon struggled financially when they were younger.
"I am sympathetic to the struggles millions of Americans are going through because I've been there," she said. "As a young couple Vince and I lost our home and our car. With two small children it was not an easy time for our family."