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?