Romney says he supports '100 percent in America'

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Mitt Romney greets supporters at a campaign rally in Miami on September 19, 2012. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
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MIAMI -- Mitt Romney is declaring that his presidential campaign supports "the 100 percent in America." That's in response to criticism sparked by a video in which he says that as a candidate he doesn't worry about the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income taxes.

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Romney said during a Miami forum hosted by the Spanish language TV network Univision that his campaign will focus on those voters he thinks he can win over.

Romney backed away from his support earlier in the year for policies that would promote what he called "self-deportation" of illegal immigrants.

He told the Univision audience that illegal immigrants would not be rounded up and deported but that a long-term solution is needed. He didn't offer any details about what that solution might be.

Romney said it's a compliment to be called the grandfather of Obamacare, the health care law championed by President Barack Obama and scorned by Republicans - including Romney himself.

Obama has said the health care law Romney backed while governor of Massachusetts is the basis of the federal Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010. 

The Republican presidential nominee said that now and then Obama calls him the grandfather of Obamacare.

Romney said, "I don't think he meant that as a compliment, but I'll take it." He went on to defend the Massachusetts law but says it is wrong for the federal government to take that approach.

Grandfather or not, Romney has pledged to repeal Obamacare if elected president.

(Associated Press)

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