By OSKAR GARCIA
HONOLULU (AP) - Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is distancing herself from comments made by presidential nominee Mitt Romney after the fellow Republican said in an offhanded comment that he doesn't worry about the 47% of Americans who pay no income taxes.
The U.S. Senate candidate said Wednesday in a statement emailed to The Associated Press that she disagrees with Romney's characterization that all individuals who are receiving government assistance believe they are victims and that the government has a responsibility to care for them.
The comments revealed through a hidden camera recording of a private fundraiser have rocked the presidential campaign and touched other contests around the country.
Lingle's opponent, U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, says Romney's remarks are telling voters he won't look out for them if they support President Obama.