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Published on Sep 21, 2012
Ann Romney has apparently had it up to here with this 47 percent stuff. In a radio interview in Iowa she swung back at all the critics of her husband's campaign with a blunt message: "Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring."
Mrs. Romney's latest efforts at damage control represent a shift in tone from her kinder, gentler stand-by-your-man interview earlier in the week when she said Mitt is "absolutely not" disdainful of poor Americans who are in entitlement programs.
The GOP nominee is under harsh attack from the Obama campaign and some in his own party for his impolitic comments at a fundraiser in May in which he seemed to write off 47 percent of the population as victims who were "dependent upon government".
In her latest radio interview, Mrs. Romney dismissed the Republican backlash as "nonsense" from "the chattering class." But if the latest polls are any indication, that "nonsense" seems to be seeping into voters' minds with just seven weeks to go until the election.