Romney says he’s “not concerned about the very poor”

February 1, 2012

You have to wonder just what Mitt Romney was thinking this morning when he told CNN host Soledad O’Brien that he’s “not concerned about the very poor” because, he said, they’re protected by “a safety net.”

Romney was, by all appearances, trying to portray himself as a champion of the middle class — “the very heart of America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling,” as he put it. And, to be fair, he also said he’s “not concerned about the very rich.” But the statement still, O’Brien pointed out, might sound “odd” to poor Americans who are also struggling.

“Finish the sentence, Soledad,” Romney responded. “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.”

“We will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor,” he said. “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…We have a very ample safety net and we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it. But we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor.”

Romney’s comments recalled another puzzling remark he made on NBC last month, when he told Matt Laurer that any questions about Wall Street and economic inequality were driven by “the politics of envy.”

Watch Romney on CNN this morning:

Credit: CNN


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All the headlines look like this: Romney Not Concerned About The Poor”

ONCE AGAIN — statements taken out of context. There seems to be an EPIDEMIC of the media taking innocent statements taken out of context to make them sound sinister.

I guess this is just what the media does to sell newspapers, increase ratings, etc. It seems centuries ago when you could actually TRUST the media to be fair and honest.

Posted by Red_In_Denver1 | Report as abusive

You need to read his entire comment in order to not misunderstand what he’s saying. But, wow, does Romney suffer from a tin ear. Or is it a tin mouth? He does damage to himself so quickly.

Posted by AmericanLady | Report as abusive

He is only concerned about himself. He is buying the election. The sad part is peole are buying it!

Posted by grumpster48 | Report as abusive

Mormons care about the poor… that’s why Mitt gave more money to the Mormon Church than to Uncle Sam.

Poor people do have a safety net.. they can always have a Mormon Bishop interview them to see if they’re worthy of getting food from the Bishop’s Warehouse.

Posted by Bucky_2 | Report as abusive

Romney needs to stop and think about how his statements come across.

The headline did get my attention but after reading it, I fault neither Romney or the journalist.

Posted by gobucks | Report as abusive