Romney: “I’m Not Concerned About the Very Poor. We Have a Safety Net There. If It Needs Repair, I’ll Fix It”

Feb 1, 2012
1:56 pm

Fresh off an impressive Florida primary win, Mitt Romney made the talk show circuits this morning and now the Internet is buzzing about what he said:

"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 90-95% of Americans who right now are struggling, and I'll continue to take that message across the nation."

When pressed by CNN's Soledad O'Brien about this comment, Romney said the following:

"Finish the sentence, Soledad. I said I'm not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net, but it has holes in it, I will fix it. The challenge right now… we will hear from the Democrat Party the plight of the poor and there is no question that it's not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those who 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 can't find work, folks that have kids getting ready to go to college. These are the people who have been most badly hurt by the Obama years. We have a very ample safety net, and we can talk about whether or not 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, but the middle-income Americans, they're the folks who are really struggling right now, and they need someone who can get this economy going for them."