Romney: Campaign ‘Not Concerned About the Very Poor’

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Romney: Campaign ‘Not Concerned About the Very Poor’

GOP front-runner Mitt Romney quickly sought today to clarify comments he made this morning about whether his campaign is focused on poor people.

In an interview on CNN this morning, Romney he’s not concerned about the plight of the country’s very poor because there are social safety nets that take care of them.

“I’m in this race because I care about Americans,” Romney told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien this morning after his resounding victory in Florida on Tuesday. “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.”

“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, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling and I’ll continue to take that message across the nation.”

The CNN anchor pressed Romney: “You just said I’m not concerned about the very poor because they have a safety net. And I think there are lots of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say that sounds odd. Can you explain that?”

“Well, you had to finish the sentence, Soledad,” said Romney. “I said I’m not concerned about the very poor that have the safety net, but if it has holes in it, I will repair them…The – the challenge right now – we will hear from the Democrat Party, the plight of the poor, and – 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. My campaign – you can choose where to focus. You can focus on the rich. That’s not my focus. You can focus on the very poor. That’s not my focus. My focus is on middle income Americans, retirees living on social security, people who cannot find work, folks who have kids that are getting ready to go to college. That – these are the people who’ve been most badly hurt during the Obama years.”

The initial poll from O’Brien was about a new poll from the Pew Research Center indicating that when it comes to “understanding the needs of average Americans,” President Obama scored 55 percent while he merited 39 percent.

If Romney wins the Republican nomination – his victory in the Florida primary Tuesday brings him a big step closer – Democrats will seek to label him as more concerned with business and corporate America than with working individuals. The comment about not being concerned with the very poor could play into that line of attack. In January, Romney said at a campaign stop that he once feared getting a pink slip. But that comment drew criticism from his Republican rivals, particularly Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has since dropped out of the race, because Romney is very wealthy and most of his income comes not from a paycheck, but from interest and capital gains.

On a campaign flight from Tampa, Fla., to Minneapolis, where Republican caucuses take place Feb. 7, Romney said the exchange on CNN was mischaracterized and he was simply trying to explain that his campaign is primarily focused on the middle class.

“What did you mean when you said you were not very concerned about poor people,” a reporter asked him.

“No no no no. I — no, no. You’ve got to take the whole sentence, all right, as opposed to saying, and then change it just a little bit, because then it sounds very different,” said Romney. “I’ve said throughout the campaign my focus, my concern, my energy is gonna be devoted to helping middle income people, all right? We have a safety net for the poor in, and if there are holes in it, I will work to repair that. And if there are people that are falling through the cracks I want to fix that. Wealthy people are doing fine. But my focus in the campaign is on middle income people. Of course I’m concerned about all Americans — poor, wealthy, middle class, but the focus of my effort will be on middle income families who I think have been most hurt by the Obama economy.”

The social safety net has become a big part of the campaign for president among Republican candidates. Romney’s chief rival, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, has said that President Obama is a “food stamp president.”
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/02/romney-not-concerned-about-the-very-poor/
 
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Oh look maybe i can work for the media now.
 

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Considering there is no shortage of "gibsmedats" setup for the poor that includes; money, housing, health care, wic along with food banks. I can't fault him for speaking the truth when it comes to the poor. As far as the homeless, they usually are homeless because they choose to be. There are also plenty of homeless shelters for individuals and families.

In America, there are no truly poor people. If you want to see truly poor people go to a third world country were people beg or eat from garbage cans, if that doesn't convince you that there are no poor people in this country, then it's your burden, not mine.

Romney's stock just went up with me.
 

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How the fuck do these people still have jobs?

In an interview on CNN this morning, Romney he’s not concerned about the plight of the country’s very poor because there are social safety nets that take care of them.
Should be

In an interview on CNN this morning, Romney SAID he’s not concerned about the plight of the country’s very poor because there are social safety nets that take care of them.
At least the didn't bury the entire quote at the bottom of the article. I guess there's that.
 

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Obama's going to use this to show how elitist Romney is...;)

Obama Slams Romney: The Founding Fathers Believed In Equal Opportunity For The Poor

By Igor Volsky on Feb 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

During a town hall event in Reno, Nevada Wednesday afternoon, President Obama lashed out at Mitt Romney for suggesting that helping the poor is not a priority. Obama quoted Romney’s remarks from CNN and explained, “it gives you a perfect distinction of our two approaches”:
OBAMA: I’m fed up with politicians in either party dividing Americans against each other…the Founding Fathers wrote that we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, among with are life and the pursuit of happiness. The Founding Fathers meant all of us. Let me shock the Wall Street crowd. The Founding Fathers meant the 1 percent, who they called Americans. The Founding Fathers meant the very poor, who they called Americans. My goal is to find steps for every American to have a job, every American to work, every American to buy a house. I believe America was founded on a dream that we are in fact created equal and we have a chance to go out and have a chance to pursue happiness and that nobody of any background should be denied.​
Some Republicans are nudging Romney to reconsider his comments. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) — who endorsed Romney in 2008 — advised the former Massachusetts governor to “backtrack” and reframe his argument. “He needs to address it,” DeMint told Roll Call. “I think he needs to turn that around because — the middle class is key, and we have to focus on that. And, really, the problem with the middle class is not successful people, it’s politicians — but the key to making our country successful it to get everyone on that economic ladder.”

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2...s-believed-in-equal-opportunity-for-the-poor/
 

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If you tax something you get less of it, if you subsidize something you'll get more of it

I say we want more rich people and fewer poor people

start taxing poor people and there will be fewer of them

start subsidizing rich people and there will be more of them
 

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The Founding Fathers wanted equal opportunity for the poor? Is that why the institution of slavery was kept in place in America for nearly a century? Or why voting was limited to White men who owned a certain amount of property and paid taxes for about 70 years?

You'd think that a Constitutional law professor would know about that.
 

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Obama Slams Romney: The Founding Fathers Believed In Equal Opportunity For The Poor
Equal opportunity doesn't mean equal results.
 

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For the record I too am not concerned about the very poor either unless they get near my car.
 

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The Founding Fathers wanted equal opportunity for the poor? Is that why the institution of slavery was kept in place in America for nearly a century? Or why voting was limited to White men who owned a certain amount of property and paid taxes for about 70 years?

You'd think that a Constitutional law professor would know about that.
Equal opportunity doesn't mean equal results.
:trollol:

Sorry, gonna have to take that up with the Republican constitutional historian running for president right now. Somebody must have hacked that ThinkProgress article and substituted Obama's name for Newt...:icon_cool

Gingrich Slams Romney: The Founding Fathers Believed In Equal Opportunity For The Poor

By Igor Volsky on Feb 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

During a town hall event in Reno, Nevada Wednesday afternoon, Newt Gingrich lashed out at Mitt Romney for suggesting that helping the poor is not a priority. Gingrich quoted Romney’s remarks from CNN and explained, “it gives you a perfect distinction of our two approaches”:

GINGRICH: I’m fed up with politicians in either party dividing Americans against each other…the Founding Fathers wrote that we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, among with are life and the pursuit of happiness. The Founding Fathers meant all of us. Let me shock the Wall Street crowd. The Founding Fathers meant the 1 percent, who they called Americans. The Founding Fathers meant the very poor, who they called Americans. My goal is to find steps for every American to have a job, every American to work, every American to buy a house. I believe America was founded on a dream that we are in fact created equal and we have a chance to go out and have a chance to pursue happiness and that nobody of any background should be denied.

Watch it:

Other Republicans are nudging Romney to reconsider his comments. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) — who endorsed Romney in 2008 — advised the former Massachusetts governor to “backtrack” and reframe his argument. “He needs to address it,” DeMint told Roll Call. “I think he needs to turn that around because — the middle class is key, and we have to focus on that. And, really, the problem with the middle class is not successful people, it’s politicians — but the key to making our country successful it to get everyone on that economic ladder.”

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2...-in-equal-opportunity-for-the-poor/?mobile=nc
[video=youtube;II-DJAsTbIY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II-DJAsTbIY[/video]

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