Sound Off: Romney Says 'I'm Not Concerned About the Very Poor'

Romney says there's already a "very ample safety net" in place for poor Americans; do you agree?

Following his victory in the Florida primary Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told CNN that "he's not concerned about the very poor," according to the Huffington Post.

"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," the former Massachusetts governor said. "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."

Romney cited food stamps, Medicaid and housing vouchers as examples of programs in place to help the poor.

Let's hear from you. Should politicians be concerned with the "very poor" in this country or do you agree with Romney that there's already an adequate safety net in place? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Full story on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/mitt-romney-very-poor_n_1246557.html

Michael Savini February 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Whether or not the safety net currently in place is adequate, this was a stupid, insensitive thing to say, and I would hope he would say it differently if he had a do over. Shame that the poor in this country are not even on the political radar. Where are the likes of RFK and other war on poverty crusaders?
Patrick McDonald February 01, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Where exactly is this safety net for the poor ? All I see is more Americans joining the ranks of the poor. When your free store food banks are empty or close to it because the people who use to donate to them are now standing in line because they need help it better be there for then. One thing about Americans is that they don't mind helping other's out but if the same help is not there when they need the help they get a sour taste in their mouth and when they do get back on their feet and they will because we are not quitter's, don't come knocking on their door to help other's when it was not there when they needed it. Can you blame them ?
Mike February 01, 2012 at 11:28 PM
He's part of the establishment. He doesn't care about people. When you listen to his tone and look at his body language he was very deliberate in what he said. It wasn't a slip of the tongue and he was not shy about reinforcing what he meant. What's it matter to him when he is worth hundreds of millions and will be lavished by special interests if he becomes President? It's all a political game. It's easy to be arrogant when the political establishment and diebold are on your side.
Ellis Fleisher February 02, 2012 at 12:51 PM
anyone that can read faces and body language can see he has a condensenting attitude towards others, especially when he's listening to one of his fellow debators. He is only pandering to the middle class as thats where the votes are. Lord help us if he becomes president.
Big Joe February 02, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Just like the media to twist a Republican Candidates words around in an effort to further there biased political agenda... If you believe a Presidential Candidate is not concerned with the very poor you are a buffoon...
Nicholas Catalano February 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I wonder if the liberal media has ever mentioned that the amount of Americans receiving food stamps has more than doubled under the Obama administration.
Al 17 February 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Liberals never miss the opportunity to twist the words of a Republican. Everyone knows what he meant. Ridiculous. What Romney should have added is that those safety nets should be more like a trampoline and less like a hammock. But the liberals would hate that.
george February 02, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Welfare. ..food stamps...section 8...low income ...housing just a few programs designated to benefit the very poor....also 4 very well abused programs...abused by the very same people they are designed to help....we need reforms of these programs so that those capable of getting back on their own two feet would be forced to do so to make it possible for others to gain assistance without bankrupting our country...just take a look in the parking lots of the many housing projects in the 5 boroughs and count the amount of expensive vehicles there you'll see what I mean
ELLA February 02, 2012 at 08:51 PM
THIS IS WHAT ROMNEY SAID: Mitt Romney: “I’m not concerned about the very poor; we have a safety net there. 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, and I’ll continue to take that message across the nation.” Soledad O’Brien: “I know I said last question. You said I’m not concerned about the very poor because they have a safety net. And I think there are lots of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say that sounds odd. Can you explain that?” Mitt Romney: “Well, you had to finish the sentence, Soledad. I said I’m not concerned about the very poor that have the safety net, but if it has holes in it, I will repair them.
Pat February 02, 2012 at 09:02 PM
and I am sure that the current President is taking really good care of the poor...adding more to the pile
Pat February 02, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Great answer
Tom Gillen February 02, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Pat we are talking about Mitt Romney. Any thoughts?
Tom Gillen February 02, 2012 at 09:30 PM
We are talking about Mitt Romney. Any thoughts?
Tom Gillen February 02, 2012 at 09:33 PM
come on - what was he thinking about when those words came out of his mouth? Is he really that inexperienced that he can't envision this one being thrown back in his face? Politicians don't care about most people, they just aren't supposed to *say* it
blue bella February 02, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Romney is a TYPE, I'm sorry to say. Raised with extreme wealth, I don't think he even understands how a great many of us live at all. When I say he is a type, I mean he thinks like a CEO. A good CEO would let the auto industry collapse because its good business. A good president would care about all the american families it would devastate and would help. A good CEO would let the housing market collapse and let all those families just, you know, 'adjust' to losing their homes. But a good president would care more about the people and less about the "market". A good human would NEVER EVER EVER put the family dog on the roof of the car and then drive for 12 hours. That poor romney family dog was so terrified that it shat brown liquid down the side of the car. Romneyj took the dog down, HOSED IT OFF, then put the terrified animal right back on the roof and drove the remainder of the 12 hour drive. The man has ice in his veins. I'm so tired of hearing how good business experience is what this country needs. It is NOT what we need. George Bush has an MBA. GREAT business education. He turned our budget surplus into a tremendous deficit with unpaid prescription programs and unpaid tax cuts. 9-11 happpened during his administration and that cost us alot of money and he could not help that, but the other things he could. I'm just saying, the more he harps on his 'great' CEO experience, the less impressed we should be. We need a leader with a heart.
joseph February 03, 2012 at 04:17 AM
They live in the White House right now. They are hypocrites of the highest order. Yes It was a dumb statement. But taken in full context It was the Middle class he was speaking of. The same people who gave us "Hope and Change" have given us record debt, more people on food stamps, economic downgrades and Coming sooon Higher taxes!! Politics make for great speeches, and flashy headlines. But real people pay for the lives they try to live....
Al 17 February 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
You're so wrong its sad. A good President wouldn't gamble with the American people's money. The auto industry wasn't saved by Obama, 2 failing auto companies were-GM and Chrysler. Ford did not need a bailout nor did they take one. And remember all those dealerships that closed in order to save those 2 businesses? I do.Yeah, those people were happy to lose their jobs. BTW, the White House contacted Romneys' old company Bain for advise on how to proceed. Oops.How did that Solyndra thing work out? Last I checked this administration gave them a 535 million dollar guaranteed loan of the tax payer dollars. Now, 1100 people are out of work and that money is gone. Finally, Feb 2009 President Obama said this "“That’s why today, I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.” The budget deficit then? $1.3 trillion. Today? President Barack Obama's 2012 budget proposal projects this year's deficit will reach $1.6 trillion, the largest on record. Still think this country doesn't run like a business? BTW after Geithner leaves, absolutely no one from his original economic team will be left. And they all left on their own. Coincicidence? I think not.
Big Joe February 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Well said AL.... Wake up America...
Tom Gillen February 03, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I'll tell ya - I'm very disappointed with what Obama has done. I was expecting a lot more. And on the flip side - Mitt Romney gives me ZERO confidence. This next election will be scary
Larry February 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
The liberal platform Give everyone healthcare, medcaid, medicare, food stamps, welfare, unemployment benefits for years, allow illegals to steal jobs from americans, provide illegals with healthcare and education(taking away resources from hard working american children).Give absorbanant pension and benefits to only government workers. Then rely on the private sector that you villianize to pay for it!! Basically create an entire society of dependency on the back of the very people they villianize. This is your hyprocritical liberal agenda!
Larry February 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Then prance around the country telling everyone that the other side are the 1% and that they are the 99% when there is not one liberal politician in Washington who is not a millionaire, and who does not shake down those very corporations they say they hate for donations!! The republican party may not be perfect but at least we tell it like it is, we admit that WE LIKE MONEY, think people should carry their own weight and not leech off the system, we believe that you should save your money for your retirement and not rely on the taxpayor to foot your bill. We beleive that if your down and out the best way to help someone is not hand them money but give them a job and not strip their diginity by making them feel like a loser with handouts. Now to all your liberals who will say that the republicans drove the economy into the ground and that people can't find jobs. Well that may be true to a point however when it comes to business there are just as many liberals that work for banks , brokerages and who invested in the realestate bubble. Also just as many liberals ran out and bought houses they could not afford, the record shows more so on the liberal side. So like Lliberals do when their agenda is shown for what it is, they will attack and call me names or the typical call me a racist. Go ahead
Tom Gillen February 03, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Look Larry we got in this thing together. The only way we will get out of it is together. Don't let the politicians divide and conquer us. We are stronger together. I have a very good friend who works in a prison and the guards biggest fear is the inmates realizing that if they all came together they could overtake a prison. Same with us as citizens. These morons in Washington work for us. We need to get together and bring back that sense of unity. It's the only way things will improve. The Democrats have some good ideas and the Republicans have some good ideas - watching both sides unable to come together is disappointing and frustrating for me to watch. It's called compromise for a reason. Both sides seem to be waiting to get all of their demands or else they take their ball and go home. All the while your average American is scraping 2 nickels together to get by. There is nobody in Washington that can relate to what the average American goes through to survive on a daily basis. They are all too busy trying to stay in office. Looking at who will be the GOP nominee is even more discouraging news. Who the hell is supposed to be excited about Mitt Romney???? The guy approved Obamacare before Obama did. How is the GOP going to sell America on this guy?
tom cavanaugh February 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Al 17 February 03, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I'd be very interested in learning how you know that Tom. How do you know he doesn't care about anybody but himself? Do you know him? Have you worked for him? Lived in Massachsetts perhaps? I know this about Obama-he cares about 2 things-getting reelected and his own ideological agenda. That has been on full display for 3 years now. You know it and I know it. Don't look now but your partisanship is showing...
Tom Gillen February 03, 2012 at 09:00 PM
If I may - you said "...he cares about 2 things-getting reelected and his own ideological agenda." - you just quoted the definition of a politician. Not a democrat here but why should America think Mitt Romney would be any different? The current caliber of lawmakers is atrocious. And to be fair - the country club image isn't just for the Republicans anymore. They all play the same game. #I'mMovingToCanada
Al 17 February 03, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Tom, because we have to believe there are some good people left but I agree, its getting damn hard to do so. Too many Politicians and not enough Statesmen....
Big Joe February 03, 2012 at 09:45 PM
At this point I would vote for Mickey Mouse. Personally for the good of the Country I think Newt is the best candidate but America cannot look past his baggage and his narcissism.
Joe Albano February 04, 2012 at 06:26 AM
There is always more that can be done to help the poor. Although he could have phrased it better I believe he is referring more to the tax rates applied to the middle class and the deductions on the tax return that the middle class get phased out of in many cases. As far as tax rates go, the poor already has the lowest tax rate and can qualify with much needed earned income credit when they have children. But as I said earlier I believe more can always be done regarding the poor.


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