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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mitt Romney: "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there."

Posted by Paul Constant on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Steve mentioned this in GMN, but... Holy shit, Mitt: You might have trounced Newt Gingrich last night, but you're not the president yet. You're supposed to not say these things until after you win the election.



"I'm in this race because I care about Americans. I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it," the Republican front-runner said Wednesday on CNN, following his victory in the Florida primary. "I'm not concerned about the very rich, they're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling."

CNN's Soledad O'Brien pressed him on his comments, adding that they may sound odd for Americans who are very poor.

"Well you had to finish the sentence, Soledad," he replied. "I said 'I'm not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net but if it has holes in it, I will repair them.' The challenge right now — we will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor. And there's no question it's not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor. But my campaign is focused on middle-income Americans."

Pretty sure a quarter-billionaire is not supposed to admit to things like apathy for poor people because of confidence in the social safety net—especially when when the quarter-billionaire's tax plan would gut that safety net. Do you think Mitt Romney is so rich that he pays some guy to just stand around and slap his forehead whenever Romney commits a gaffe that will stick with him until the end of the campaign? Because that guy just earned his salary today.

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