Romney repudiates GOP group's anti-Obama ads

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FILE - In this March 25, 2012 file photo, Rev. Jeremiah Wright speaks in Jackson, Miss. A super PAC working to defeat President Barack Obama is preparing an ad campaign highlighting Obama's ties to his  former pastor. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
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FILE - In this March 25, 2012 file photo, Rev. Jeremiah Wright speaks in Jackson, Miss. A super PAC working to defeat President Barack Obama is preparing an ad campaign highlighting Obama's ties to his former pastor. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is discouraging supporters from going forward with an advertising strategy that would highlight President Barack Obama's ties to his controversial pastor.

Romney said Thursday he would "repudiate" efforts by a super PAC to spend at least $10 million to dredge up the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's incendiary statements. Romney says he would prefer his allies focus on the economy, on getting people back to work and on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity.

The likely Republican presidential nominee says Obama's campaign has been focused on "character assassination" but that he would prefer to campaign on records.

Romney spoke in an interview with Townhall.com.

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