Romney sidesteps controversy at Dallas fundraiser

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 5:42 PM

DALLAS — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to Dallas Tuesday as his campaign tried to distance itself from a controversial video in which he talked about entitlement and the nearly half of Americans who he said consider themselves to be "victims."

Romney and his wife Ann met with supporters Tuesday night during a high-dollar dinner at the Hilton Anatole hotel.

The cheapest ticket was $2,500.

The Romney video that was the focus of so much attention during the day was recorded as a fundraiser like the one held at the Anatole.

The former Massachusetts governor made no reference to that video in remarks on Tuesday night.

A small group of protesters greeted the Republican nominee.

Inside, Romney focused on the economy after being introduced by Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and oilman T. Boone Pickens.

Five-hundred people paid between $2,500 and $100,000 for a ticket to the fundraiser. It was $25,000 for a photo with the nominee.

It was packed inside, with donors standing around tables.

Romney criticized President Obama, saying he wants to redistribute American wealth and treat the government as a safety net for the poor.

Romney said his belief is simple: Help people in need, then get out of the way.

"I want to bring back America, restore principles that made our economy work," he said. "I'll get people to work again, get rising incomes again, and make sure our future's bright for our kids."

Romney is spending the night in Dallas in what is expected to be his final visit during the campaign now just seven weeks from Election Day.

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