After winning the Republican primary in Florida, Mitt Romney was on a cloud 9. After giving an aggressive speech to his followers, vowing he’ll make it to the White House, Romney made a flippant remark to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien this morning about poor U.S. citizens.

“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair , I’ll fix it,” he said. “I’m not concerned about the very rich…. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90 to 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”

Although Romney later tried to clear up his thoughts and say he’ll work to “repair the safety net,”  his statement about “not caring” about our nation’s poor furthers the narrative that former governor can’t relate to average Americans.

Romney’s misstep also signals that he is out of touch. Although the middle class has suffered throughout these past few years, a record number of Americans are living at or near the poverty line (about 46 million). So to claim he doesn’t “care” about significant segment of the population because they have a quickly diminishing “safety net” (which Republicans contentiously try to get rid of) won’t play well to struggling voters.

What do you think of Mitt Romney’s statement?

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  • Arie

    Politicians say things trying to be poetic and they end up sounding stupid. I guess it wasn’t as clever and eloquent as it sounded in your head.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    So to claim he doesn’t “care” about significant segment of the population because they have a quickly diminishing “safety net” (which Republicans contentiously try to get rid of) won’t play well to struggling voters.

    Struggling voters don’t like to think of themselves as struggling voters. Virtually all of those 46 million on the cusps would consider themselves middle class if asked and will place themselves squarely in the camp Romney cares about. I hope this article is not reflective of the Democratic strategy unless it shall be Romney as POTUS come November’12.

  • Simone

    This is so overblown…..it was totally taken out of context. Period.

    • MommieDearest

      I agree.

      But Romney is still a clown…

  • Makeba

    What middle class? Its rich and poor period! So the bottom line here is he doesn’t care! He just wants to get elected. More Americans are alot poorer than the realize or would like to admit.

  • Beana

    But isn’t the poorer population imcreasing due to unemployment and underemployment? I believe that he is an idiot for the statement and people need to stop making excuses for politicans. These people have a full staff that helps them prepare their responses to questions and he expressed his stance. Not sure what middle class he is speaking of I would need the income guidelines to be clear.