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Murphy attacks McMahon on ’47 percent’ comments

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter

NAUGATUCK, Conn. — Shortly after Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon came out against Mitt Romney’s leaked statement that 47 percent of Americans are “dependent on government” and see themselves as “victims,” “entitled” to services, her Democratic opponent released a Web video attacking McMahon for saying that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay taxes.

Launching her Senate campaign last September, McMahon told a reporter: “I’d like to see everyone pay their fair share. Forty-seven percent of the people today don’t pay any taxes, so let’s have a fair tax code where everybody pays their taxes.”

The Murphy campaign drew together McMahon and Romney’s comments to create its video, titled “Romney and McMahon: Singing from the same right wing Republican songbook on middle class families.”

McMahon communications director Todd Abrajano reiterated McMahon’s disagreement with Romney’s comments and said there was a stark difference between the two statements.

“There’s a big difference between what Linda McMahon stated as fact, which is that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income taxes, and what Mitt Romney said with respect to why they may be in that situation,” he told The Daily Caller.

McMahon told TheDC in an interview Tuesday: “I don’t think people choose often to be in the position that they are in … I couldn’t disagree with Governor Romney more on that.”

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