Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) has joined a growing club.
It was only a matter of time before Republican candidates started facing the question: do you agree with Mitt Romney, your party's presidential nominee, about 47 percent of the population being lazy freeloaders who refuse to "take responsibility" for their lives?
Incumbent Sen. Dean Heller, who is in a tight race with Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley [in Nevada], played up his blue-collar background, telling POLITICO he doesn't "view the world the same way" as Romney. [...]
"You got to understand, I grew up with five brothers and sisters. My father was an automechanic. My mother was a school cook. I just don't view the world the same way he does," Heller said Wednesday. "Every vote in Nevada counts, every vote. And as a United States senator, my job is represent every one of those votes, whether they voted for me or against me," Heller added.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) also rejected Romney's comments. "We have a lot of people that are at the poverty level in New Mexico, but they count just as much as anybody else," Martinez said. "There is a net that does allow them to be caught and taken care of, whether it be through medical services, whether it be food services, whether it be with funding for apartments, for housing.... I think, certainly the fact that New Mexico provides that safety net is a good thing."
This morning, Ovide Lamontagne, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New Hampshire, appeared in a debate and also distanced himself from Romney's perspective. "The governor of New Hampshire needs to be a governor for all the people, and there's no 47 percent in New Hampshire as far as I'm concerned," Lamontagne said.
And in North Carolina, Mark Meadows, a Republican congressional candidate running in a center-right district, joined the club. "It might come as a surprise, but Mitt Romney didn't call me before he made those comments and ask for my advice," Meadows said. "I'm concerned about all 750,000 people. I am here to represent the people of this district."
Having so many in the GOP publicly reject Romney's rhetoric isn't going to help the presidential hopeful.