Will someone tell this dense, Richie Rich clown that 50% of Americans are either at or below poverty levels.
Romney’s newest gaffe isn’t just another blunder. It’s the beginning of a race over who is most out of touch.
Mitt Romney is now being protected by the Secret Service. Unfortunately for him, they were not in a position to jump in front of his comments Wednesday morning. The day after his Florida triumph, Romney told CNN: “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 America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”
This statement is striking for many reasons. Most are obvious—it is thoroughly ham-fisted for a politician to ever say he doesn’t care about part of the electorate, particularly the “very poor.” Everyone knows that much. But Romney’s gaffe signals something more about the general election to come. As it looks more likely that Obama and Romney will square off, we are faced with a new prospect: The 2012 presidential election may devolve into a battle between two aloof men trading charges about who is more out of touch.
- Mitt Romney: ‘I’m Not Concerned About the Very Poor’ (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Who Cares About the Poor? (slate.com)
- ‘Poor’ Quote by Romney Seized on by His Critics (nytimes.com)
- Romney admits he doesn’t care about the ‘Very Poor’ (bazaardaily.com)
- Romney’s Gaffe: Big Score for the 99%, Zip for the Very Poor (alleducationmatters.blogspot.com)
- Romney bashed for ‘very poor’ comment, splashed with glitter (mercurynews.com)
- Is Mitt Romney ‘concerned’ with the 40% of Americans who are less than three months from poverty? (dailykos.com)