Romney's '47 Percent' Remarks Have Trickle Down Effect in Congressional Races

Democrats says Romney's snafu makes their job of winning back the Senate easier

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Congressional Democrats aren't letting the opportunity to hammer Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney over his "47 percent" comments slip away. Many agree that "guilt by association" could be a winning argument in some of the party's toughest elections down-ticket in a few key battleground states.

"This helps us in every swing district in America," says House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland. "Voters are looking to find a party that they believe cares about them, their interests and their future."

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer agreed that Romney's comments push Democrats closer to winning back power in the U.S. Senate.

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"It shows the Republican and Mitt Romney are characterized by narrowness," Schumer says."Mitt Romney thinks if he and people like him do well, that is all you need to make the country do well. He has no understanding of how most people live and that is not because he is rich. Rockefeller did, Kennedy did, Roosevelt did. It is because he is so narrow in his perspective and beliefs."

Democrats have already come out swinging against their GOP competitors in races across the country.

In Nevada's Senate race, Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley told the Associated Press that "Mitt Romney and Dean Heller are reading from the same script when it comes to struggling middle-class families."

New Hampshire Democrat Annie Kuster called on her opponent, Republican Rep. Charlie Bass, to clarify where he stands on the Romney's latest public relations fiasco. In the past, Bass has campaigned for Romney.

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Democrats are jumping on the bandwagon after two Republicans in competitive Senate races distanced themselves from Romney Tuesday, recognizing they aren't immune from the fallout of his recent remarks.

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who is trailing in the polls to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, and Connecticut Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon, who has a slight lead in her race, both said their philosophies on the "47 percent" are vastly different than Romney's.

"That's not the way I view the world," Brown said Tuesday.

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South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune, who serves as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, said Wednesday that with the Senate a "50-50 proposition," it is the responsibility of every Republican candidate to do what they have to to help win their seats, even if that means distancing themselves from the party's presidential nominee.

"I would advise our Senate candidates to do what they need to do out there to win," Thune says. "Obviously, stick up for the things they believe in and carry their own message. I don't think you rely on anyone else to do that."