Comments made by Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at a private top-dollar fundraising dinnner, which surfaced in a video released earlier this week, have drawn mixed reactions from within the GOP.
The most widely-discussed quote comes from a moment when Romney told the small crowd of supporters that 47 percent of Americans pay no federal income taxes and "believe they are victims" entitled to government help.
Mark Meadows, a Republican running for Congress from North Carolina's 11th District, is trying to draw some distance and distinctions between he and the former Massachussetts governor.
A Wednesday front-page headline in the Asheville Citizen-Times reads, "Meadows: I'm Not Romney."
According to the accompanying story, Meadows said during a live, in-studio, forum with WLOS-TV that it "might come as a surprise, but Mitt Romney didn’t call me before he made those comments and ask for my advice."
The report also says Meadows said voters of his Western Carolina district are not as easy to define as Romney's comment suggest, and that he is "concerned about all 750,000 people" in the district.
Meadows opposes Democrat Hayden Rogers, who is also seeking to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Heath Shuler, who currently represents District 11.