President 2012: Mitt Romney Wins Florida and Then Shoots Himself in the Foot with Insensitive CommentPosted by Flap in Mitt Romney, President 2012
For those who think Mitt Romney, the Bain Company Investment Banker, will be a disaster for the Republican Party, there is fresh evidence this morning.
In an interview with CNN Wednesday morning that should have been a Florida victory lap, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney made a fumble that could give rivals an attack ad sound bite.
Asked about his economic plan, Romney said repeatedly that he was not concerned with very poor Americans, but was focused instead on helping the middle class.
Romney explained that he was confident that food stamps, housing vouchers, Medicaid and other assistance would keep the poor afloat — he pledged to fix holes in that safety net “if it needs repair.” He repeated past statements that his main focus is the middle class because those people, in his opinion, have been hardest hit by the recession (President Obama also has focused many of his efforts on the middle class).
But Romney’s awkward phrasing could give fuel to critics who argue that he does not empathize with the poorest Americans.
“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there,” Romney told 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.”
Sorry Mittens, but many of us do not have a $200 million fortune to tide us over when business conditions go south.
I am also sorry, but this guy is just out of touch with everyday Americans.
Let’s hope that Newt Gingrich can make a comeback or the GOP convention has some insight and chooses someone else – ANYBODY.
If not, President Obama will be re-elected in November and I suspect quite easily.Mitt Romney, President 2012