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DENVER – Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, spoke exclusively Tuesday with FOX31 Denver about her husband’s controversial comments in a video that surfaced Monday characterizing nearly half of the country as Obama supporters who don’t pay taxes and live off the government.

“I’ve been on, obviously, on the trail a long time with Mitt and if you listen to the whole context of what Mitt talks about, he is talking about what’s happening right now in America and how more and more people are falling into poverty,” Ann Romney told FOX31 Denver.

“He wants to make sure to bring better opportunities for everyone. I know the guy, I know him really well, I know he cares. That’s why he’s running. It’s unfortunate when something gets misinterpreted like this, when it gets taken out of context.

“We’re facing some very difficult situations, and if we don’t take some corrective measures soon, more and more people will become dependent on government and that is not what he wants.”

When FOX31 Denver asked Ann Romney if her husband’s comments expressed a disdain for the poor, as Democrats have alleged in the last 24 hours, she said, “Absolutely not.”

Romney also spoke about the importance of the women’s vote in Colorado and across the country; and she told FOX31 Denver about the convention speaker she would have preferred to see in Clint Eastwood’s primetime slot at the RNC last month.