Yesterday in an interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien (who is quickly earning Rebelde status with us), GOP candidate Mitt Romney said things about the country's classes that he probably regretted saying.
According to reports, Romney had to spend most of the day clarifying his statements. Sure, he got pummeled by the left, but it is interesting to note that he also got heavily criticized by the right, particularly Rush Limbaugh, who basically identified the elephant in the room: Romney as the prototypical rich Republican who continues to give Obama 2012 a portfolio of campaign gems. This is what CBS reported:
”Sometimes things don't come out exactly the way you'd like them to," Romney explained. "That's not exactly what I meant to say. My focus is on middle income Americans. We do have a safety net for the very poor, and I said if there are holes in it I want to correct that."
Opponents on the left jumped on it, saying it shows Romney is out of touch. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh noticed, as well. "Everyone knows what he was trying to say," Limbaugh observed, "but he didn't say it. He makes himself a target with this stuff. He comes across at the prototypical rich Republican. … It's gonna make it harder and harder and harder to go after Obama."
Romney's comments also gave an opening for his Republican opponents to attack.
Newt Gingrich said he is "fed up with politicians in either party dividing Americans against each other. I am running to be the president of all of the American people, and I am concerned about all of the American people."