UPDATE: Mitt Romney Clarifies 'Very Poor' Comment
02/03/2012 - 13:53 ||
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is charging into damage-control-mode after making the shocking statement about ‘not being concerned’ for the lower class American population. During an interview with CNN, Romney, 64, declared, "I'm in this race because I care about Americans. I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it." After winning the Florida primary, the former Massachusetts governor also mentioned, "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."
During his interview with Soledad O’Brien, the half-Cuban news reporter pressed him on the topic by saying, “I got to ask you, because you just said, ‘I’m not concerned about the very poor because they have a safety net' and I think there are a lot of poor Americans who are struggling who would say, ‘that sounds odd.’ In return, Romney quickly responded, "Well you had to finish the sentence, Soledad…I said 'I'm not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net but if it has holes in it, I will repair them.'
Apparently the comment didn’t rub everyone the wrong way. According to AP sources, Romney allegedly revealed that Donald Trump is set to endorse his presidential campaign. Romney attempted to clear up his statement during the CNN interview and added, “The challenge right now -- we will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor. And there's no question it's not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor. But my campaign is focused on middle-income Americans."
UPDATE: Mitt Romney is backtracking his comments after a major media backlash. According to The Huffington Post, Romney apologizes for his harsh statement, "I misspoke. I've said something that is similar to that but quite acceptable for a long time. And you know when you do I don't know how many thousands of interviews now and then you may get it wrong. And I misspoke. Plain and simple."
Are you convinced that he didn't mean his words?