Did Mitt Romney Really Say He‘s ’Not Concerned About the Very Poor’?


On what was supposed to be a victory lap coming off his decisive Florida win, Mitt Romney made headlines Wednesday morning with a comment that he’s “not concerned about the very poor.”

“I’m in this race because I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there,” Romney said on CNN. “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 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”

CNN host Soledad O’Brien sounded surprised at his remark and asked him to clarify.

“I think there are lots of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say that sounds odd,” O’Brien said. “Can you explain that?”

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