Will Romney's claim he's for '100 percent' help him bounce back? (+video)
After a video leaked showing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying 47 percent of Americans are dependent upon government, the candidate tried to recover Wednesday, saying his campaign was about helping '100 percent' of Americans.
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"The question in this campaign is not who cares about the poor and the middle class. I do, he does," Romney said, jabbing the podium with his index finger and his voice rising with emotion.
"The question is who can help the poor and the middle class. I can, he can't and he's proven it in four years," he said.
MORE RALLIES PLANNED
Amid criticism Romney had not held enough campaign events, his advisers said he planned to hold more public rallies starting early next week and might sometimes hold up to three a day.
An official said visits to the battleground states of Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and Florida were in the works as part of a stepped-up campaign schedule that reflected the growing intensity of the campaign.
Romney's events in Miami on Wednesday marked his first visit to a swing state since he was inOhio last Friday in a week dominated by fundraising events.
In his Univision interview, Romney made comments that could be construed as moving toward the center as he seeks the support of independent voters who may determine the outcome of the election.
He played down his support for "self-deportation" of illegal immigrants and avoided saying whether he would repeal an executive order Obama put in place this year that stopped the deportation of some people in the country illegally.
"I'm not in favor of a deportation, mass deportation effort, rounding up 12 million people and taking them out of the country. I believe people make their own choices as to whether they want to go home, I mean, by self-deportation," he said.