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Romney's Latest Flip: The 99 Percent

It’s been a tough week for Mitt Romney. After finishing a distant second in the South Carolina primary, Romney finally released his 2010 tax returns, revealing that he pays a lower effective tax rate than many working families despite his status as part of the 0.0006 percent.

At Wednesday’s Univision forum in Florida, Romney took on a populist tone as he attempted to connect with middle-class voters. “I know what it takes to make America the most attractive place for jobs again,” he said. “I want to do that, not because I’m worried about the 1 percent. The 1 percent is doing fine. I want to help the 99 percent.”

Of course, that’s the kind of language that Republicans – Romney included – typically deride as “class warfare” and the politics of “envy.” When asked last week how he would “support the 99 percent,” Romney accused his questioner of “hurting the country,” adding, “America’s right and you’re wrong.”

Watch Romney’s sudden change of tune: