Video: Romney “not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net”

posted at 9:50 am on February 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, I said that only Mitt Romney could derail Mitt Romney this month.  Did my prediction come true already?  The media and Romney detractors have jumped all over this statement to CNN in which Romney says that he is “not concerned about the very poor,” but that slice of Romney’s statement is entirely misleading — although it’s certainly not adept for a front-runner:

The Washington Post, to its credit, quotes the entire statement rather than just parsing out the controversial fragment:

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.

Well, only if the statement gets taken out of context, where Romney clearly commits to keeping safety-net programs in place for the very poor.  Unfortunately for Romney, there won’t be any easier prediction this year than that the truncated quote will end up in attack ads all year long, taken out of context.  The only question will be whether those attacks are limited to Democrats, or if other Republicans will join in on the fun.

In that sense, this is still a gaffe and a worrisome misstep for someone who has been on the campaign trail as long as Romney.  Candidates are supposed to express concern for everyone, not just one particular class, which gets to the more substantial error Romney makes.  As author Brad Thor pointed out on Twitter, the focus should be on fixing the economy so that everyone benefits rather than playing one class against another, as Barack Obama has done.  Romney fell into a class-warfare trap, one he should have seen coming.  It’s not fatal by any means, but Romney had better sharpen himself more for a general election campaign.


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I am amused at the way you characterize what the media is reporting as “misleading”. Well, hell’s bells!
What do you think they have been doing to Palin, Cain and
especially Newt Gingrich lately?

That said, statements taken out of context don’t rile me up.
As a conservative, I find that this man’s record can do that all on its own.

Amjean on February 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Here we go….

The campaign ads write themselves.

portlandon on February 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

We don’t have any “very poor” in this country.

Once you have seen real poverty that can only be found in other countries, you will know this is true.

Gunlock Bill on February 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

And this is the best candidate the non-conservative right-wing of this country could find to put up against Obama. How is the employment situation in Iceland these days?

Crusty on February 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

It is very easy to give 6 million to Charity when you are worth over 250 million

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Yeah right! Look at John Kerry!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

If Romney is elected, he will take that as a sign that conservatives approve of him wholeheartedly,

Scott H on February 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

not true, romney, like mccain, is planning on winning the primary w/o conservative support. he believes everyone will unite around him after the primary and he’ll win, like mccain believed. if it does work he will have nothing to do w/ conservatives or conservative principles. he’ll believe that he has proven conservatives are inconsequential and will vote for whoever the GOP puts on a ballot.

chasdal on February 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I do not blame him. Rich people hate the poor. During my time in college the rich folks didn’t want to hang with us because we were from poor backgrounds. They despise the working poor and look down upon us for not being wealthy

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I bet you a dollar to a donut that it had nothing to do with being poor or ‘working class’. Bet you that donut it was because YOU were a stuck up, chip on your shoulder, overly sensitive red neck out to over compensate for your own failings. This is like the black person who has been so immersed in their own black victimhood that their hatred for that mythical white oppresser just oozes from them like a cloud. And as a result, they begin to believe that the reason that no ‘stuck up white folks’ are hanging out with them has nothing to do with their own hostility.

PorchDawg on February 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Earlier today, I said that only Mitt Romney could derail Mitt Romney this month. Did my prediction come true already?

That’s it, game over. This guy is just a gaffe machine. The Obama/Axelrod colossus will just crush him in the general. This is what happens when the establishment and the lame stream media pick our candidates for us. My God, it took less than a day for this guy to completely blow his win in Florida. Florida is to Romney what Iowa was to Santorum – a one hit wonder.

Newt is right. Romney needs to drop out right now before he does any more damage. Newt is far more focused and on-message, and can clearly articulate with force and passion a winning vision for America. As the one true conservative anti-establishment candidate in the race, Newt is the only Republican who can beat Obama.

Mr. Arkadin on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

But.. but… the Establishment told us that Newt was the one that would make fatal gaffes like this.

faraway on February 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

When you outgrow your britches, something is going to hang out, and Newt will be none too happy to slap Mitt on it.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Wow… I’m liberal and I think this story is pure BS. Why is this being pushed at HA?

RanchTooth on February 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I don’t understand it either.

jazzmo on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Lazy analysis from Mitt Haters. Did you see the Exit Polls in FL? The Mitt doesn’t understand the average American talking point was shot down, he won big in that area.

Yes, maby in artful opening himself up to an edited ad but everytime he says Middle Class he’s winning.

You forget, most people view themselves as “middle class” and frankly they’re ANGRIER at the segment of this country that gets hands outs than they are at rich people. He’s speaking to them, which is most people. Plus, poor people don’t vote and if they do, they vote Democrat. It’s hardly a loss.

Mitt’s angle in the class war is to point out those who are getting hand outs. This doesn’t hurt him at all.

AYNBLAND on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Romney fell into a class-warfare trap, one he should have seen coming. It’s not fatal by any means, but Romney had better sharpen himself more for a general election campaign

.

Ooof. He should have said his policies are the best for the poor as they provide will create economic growth and opportunities for them to rise out of their situation, while relying on safety nets only keeps them stuck in neutral. But he is right that it’s the middle class who get screwed by Democrats (unless they’re lucky enough to belong to unions or work for the government).

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I do not blame him. Rich people hate the poor. During my time in college the rich folks didn’t want to hang with us because we were from poor backgrounds. They despise the working poor and look down upon us for not being wealthy

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I highly suspect it wasn’t just the rich that didn’t want to hang out with YOU.

HumpBot Salvation on February 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

sure, he didn’t really explain himself well there but i understand his point. although yeah he did start to fall into a class-warfare trap but i can understand the overall point he was trying to make.

this is like “i like being able to fire people.” the point he was trying to make there was perfectly fine. but the stupid media will take it out of context.

Sachiko on February 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Wow… I’m liberal and I think this story is pure BS. Why is this being pushed at HA?

RanchTooth on February 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM
I don’t understand it either.

jazzmo on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Because we have some butthurt people here. Rush couldn’t believe Romney was doing so well before the vote yesterday.

antisense on February 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Mitt Romney is the tongue-tied moron everyone thought George Bush was.

That said, I’m outta here for a while.

Gotta take a breather.

Adios.

Bruno Strozek on February 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Lazy analysis from Mitt Haters. Did you see the Exit Polls in FL? The Mitt doesn’t understand the average American talking point was shot down, he won big in that area.

AYNBLAND on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Typical Mittbot spin.

Do you not understand how the FL primary works? It’s closed. Only Republicans voted. The average poor person in FL is not a Republican primary voter.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

b) I don’t expect Romney to get through a year without being taken out of context, but why did he have to provide such perfect ammunition to feed the worst stereotypes about him?

Come on, a little honesty please.

ElectricPhase on February 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Find me the candidate that can go a year plus of running for office without saying seven words in a row that feed into the “worst stereotypes about them”. Go on, go through all the candidates in your head. They all did it, and some much, much worse than seven words. If you want someone else, a mythical Perfect Candidate, he or she doesn’t exist.

And in terms of honesty, you’re the one that called Obama’s “bitter clingers” statement a “moment”, when it was actually a couple minutes of bigoted, hateful blather. It’s nice that you want to give him such a benefit of the doubt as to call it a “moment”. I’m sure he appreciates it.

Hot Gas on February 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Is this really a line of attack the Democrats want to pursue? That Romney doesn’t care about poor people? The man has given millions of dollars to charity. Is that something people do who don’t care about the poor?

This is just silly.

AZCoyote on February 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Ok, we kinda get what mittens is saying. Now try to explain that to the mentally challenged lefty’s who are already planning on class warfare, I think mittens just said the STUPIDEST thing he could say while celebrating his victory!
On to Newt! Thanks mitt! Dumna$$!

angrymike on February 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Typical Mittbot spin.

Do you not understand how the FL primary works? It’s closed. Only Republicans voted. The average poor person in FL is not a Republican primary voter.

Mitt wins NH: open primary! We need a closed primary!

Mitt wins FL: it was just a closed primary, he can’t win the general!

antisense on February 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I am no Mitt fan, but this is a non-story…except if the dems want to make a big deal. If so, I think Mitt comes out ahead. He won’t get the “welfare” vote, but he needs the middle class vote, and so does Obama. The middle class is tired of carrying the water for the nation, and any support of “welfare” is a burden on the middle class.

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

In Florida where a lot of people have lost their homes, Mitt, humble as always, was gentle in commiserating with people. He told stories of he and his wife working in marriage counseling for his own church, of course, and talking about the human impact they had seen, of the economy, on people’s family life, on their marriages, a private side of Mitt a lot of bloggers here don’t want to deal with. When the American economy fails, American families are hurt, and Mitt Romney is a pro family candidate. He wants families to have opportunities to live the real American dream, not to hope for redistribution.

Fleuries on February 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I’m sure he appreciates it.

Hot Gas on February 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It is what it is. Contrary to the Mitt brigade spin, the primaries aren’t quite over.

ElectricPhase on February 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I do not blame him. Rich people hate the poor. During my time in college the rich folks didn’t want to hang with us because we were from poor backgrounds. They despise the working poor and look down upon us for not being wealthy

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Yes, because your anecdotal experience makes it true for everyone.

ShadowsPawn on February 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Mitt Romney is going to be a disaster. The DNC isn’t even going to have to try to write their ads. Mitt plays into the class warfare strategy that Obama is already employing as if his part had been written by them. We may not like the class warfare, but it works when nearly half of all citizens don’t pay into the system.

Bain = made millions while firing people (doesn’t matter if it was smart business…he made millions on other people’s backs)

“I like being able to fire people.”

I’m so rich I don’t even have to work because all my money comes from investments and therefore I get a lower tax rate. /paraphrasing

$375000 = ‘not very much.’

“I’m not concerned about the very poor…”

Never mind the multitude of videos of his flip-flopping so he can be painted as a lying and/or convictionless panderer.

Never mind that creepy fake smile or worse, the freaky inappropriate laugh he has when he gets a question he doesn’t like. Even my 11 yr old commented on it when Romney was on the radio with Hannity.

Never mind that Rick Santorum is absolutely right that Obamacare is neutralized as an issue due to its blueprint, Romneycare.

Never mind…Romney is ‘electable’! Maybe if I hear that a few thousand more times, I’ll start to believe it, but I doubt it.

pannw on February 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Lazy analysis from Mitt Haters. Did you see the Exit Polls in FL? The Mitt doesn’t understand the average American talking point was shot down, he won big in that area.

AYNBLAND on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

What was the voter turnout in %? Was it high with enthusiasm, or low for uncaring…

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

All this tells me is that he will take the same exact approach as the Food Stamp President. Want to bet he wouldn’t bat an eyelash at expanding the rolls of those programs when Democrats in Congress refuse any of his favored legislation unless we make unemployment benefits good for 5 years or some other ridiculous amount.

He won’t stand up to them. We’ll all be eating that poison pie. (But hey, it’s not as much poison as before, right?)

We need to vote in conservative members of the House and Senate to keep Obamney in check.

ButterflyDragon on February 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Ooof. He should have said his policies are the best for the poor as they provide will create economic growth and opportunities for them to rise out of their situation, while relying on safety nets only keeps them stuck in neutral. But he is right that it’s the middle class who get screwed by Democrats (unless they’re lucky enough to belong to unions or work for the government).

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Thank you. You’re the only Romney supporter I’ve seen in the 2 threads this has been discussed in who has been intellectually honest enough to admit his comment has an “ooof” to it.

I think we can agree that political junkies like us know exactly what he meant, it’s the rest of the voters who will be wondering WTF?

Flora Duh on February 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

If helping the middle class is going to be the central message of the Romney campaign – instead of the Daniel’s freedom agenda that I would prefer – then this may be a very clever way of capturing the attention of the narrative-creating big media. And even if this comes at some expense to the food-stamp constituency what is actually lost? There are actually many ideological points that could be made in the course of defending this quote. Will Romney deliver?

John E. on February 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

pannw on February 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The only chance is that people are so angry at Obama, that Mitt gets elected for a lack of turnout…that’s what Mitt supporters are excited about, that Mitt has a chance because Obama is the worst president in history, and that give Mitt a chance, just a chance mind you, just a “maybe possible”.

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Mitts mistake: accepting the leftist premise of “class” to begin with. Then they force you to side with one “class” or another. If it was me, I’d refer them to the movie “The Jerk” for a more accurate analysis.

bernverdnardo1 on February 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

It is what it is. Contrary to the Mitt brigade spin, the primaries aren’t quite over.

ElectricPhase on February 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Well, if you’re suggesting I’m part of a conspiratorial “Mitt brigade”, you’d be disappointed to find out my candidates were West, Palin and then undecided when neither of them ran. Romney is the best shot we have. Sorry.

Hot Gas on February 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Posted this in another thread, meant to post it here.

Smoke, mirrors, and the marginal tax rate bait and switch…

http://spectator.org/blog/2011/11/10/its-about-more-than-marginal-t

ShadowsPawn on February 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Is this really a line of attack the Democrats want to pursue? That Romney doesn’t care about poor people? The man has given millions of dollars to charity. Is that something people do who don’t care about the poor?

This is just silly.

AZCoyote on February 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It was my understanding he gave millions to his church? I think most people will see that as a tithing and nothing more.

ButterflyDragon on February 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM

not true, romney, like mccain, is planning on winning the primary w/o conservative support. he believes everyone will unite around him after the primary and he’ll win, like mccain believed. if it does work he will have nothing to do w/ conservatives or conservative principles. he’ll believe that he has proven conservatives are inconsequential and will vote for whoever the GOP puts on a ballot.

chasdal on February 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

One win does not a President make. Wait for Georgia. Georgia has 76 delegates. Newt will be kicking a$$ and taking names.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM

It’s not fatal by any means

Oh, but it must be very close. Lordy, lordy.

Where am I? Oh no! This is Oz, isn’t it?

VorDaj on February 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Lazy analysis from Mitt Haters. Did you see the Exit Polls in FL? The Mitt doesn’t understand the average American talking point was shot down, he won big in that area.

AYNBLAND on February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

What was the voter turnout in %? Was it high with enthusiasm, or low for uncaring…

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Turnout in Iowa and New Hampshire in 2012 wasn’t substantially different than in 2008.

Turnout in S. Carolina in 2012 was larger by more than 150,000 voters.

Turnout in Florida in 2012 was about 300,000 votes less than in 2008.

So, Romney won with either similar or less turnout than in 2008. Newt won with substantially heavier turnout.

That doesn’t seem to be a good omen for Romney in the General Election.

JonBGood on February 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Libsforlibs
I really think it was your personally, not poorness!
I have a feeling I’m not the only one here who thinks this!

angrymike on February 1, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Mitt is being Mitt. He really does not understand the middle class that he spins into campaign memes.

The middle class is in the process of becoming the poor people and knows that.

Obama knows that.

Mitt has no idea what one does when one runs out of money and all hope to make money.

All Blind Mitt knows is that his blind Swiss Bank account Trustee has all that stuff covered.

jimw on February 1, 2012 at 11:10 AM

During my time in college the rich folks didn’t want to hang with us because we were from poor backgrounds.

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Are you sure it wasn’t because you had that “occupier” aroma thingy going on?

Flora Duh on February 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Now that Romney is back in front again, it’s time to knock him down again. Keep the race going. Save Newt.

Let’s watch the rubes fall right in line with it. Again.

Moesart on February 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Yes, this is so important because the “poor” is an important voting block for Team Romney… ///

mjbrooks3 on February 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I am no Mitt fan, but this is a non-story…except if the dems want to make a big deal. If so, I think Mitt comes out ahead. He won’t get the “welfare” vote, but he needs the middle class vote, and so does Obama. The middle class is tired of carrying the water for the nation, and any support of “welfare” is a burden on the middle class.

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Agreed. It’s a non-story because he qualified what he meant by stating that there are safety nets for the extremely poor. I certainly wish he’d used different phrasing, but his intended meaning was clear enough.

Slainte on February 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I thought we banned Ed Morrissey from EVER BLOGGING ABOUT MITT ROMNEY AGAIN! His objectivity rating is about one notch above Debbie-Wasserman Schultz moderating the GOP debates. (and his rhetoric against Romney sounds strikingly similar to hers … huh, odd.)

TINA! Where are you?!

Crefonso on February 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM

+1000

nathor on February 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

In Florida where a lot of people have lost their homes, Mitt, humble as always, was gentle in commiserating with people. He told stories of he and his wife working in marriage counseling for his own church, of course, and talking about the human impact they had seen, of the economy, on people’s family life, on their marriages, a private side of Mitt a lot of bloggers here don’t want to deal with. When the American economy fails, American families are hurt, and Mitt Romney is a pro family candidate. He wants families to have opportunities to live the real American dream, not to hope for redistribution.

Fleuries on February 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I guess I don’t need syrup with my pancake this morning.
According to Fox exit polls Mitt got 58% of the voters that agreed that abortion should be legal in all circumstances. If that’s conservative, count me out.

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I do not blame him. Rich people hate the poor. During my time in college the rich folks didn’t want to hang with us because we were from poor backgrounds. They despise the working poor and look down upon us for not being wealthy

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

You’ve had a hard life bro’.

No doubt you felt the same sense of isolation with the smart people hating the stupid.

PackerBronco on February 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

It is very easy to give 6 million to Charity when you are worth over 250 million

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

But why would he, if he “hates the poor?”

Do you think at all before you type?

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Mitt lets the media set the meme for him, and he walks right into their traps. He is not a very good politician.

This is why Romney will not get elected. Newt knows how to stay away from these traps.

faraway on February 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

You have to laugh at this. The CNN lady surprisingly gave him a chance to clarify his statement and he stepped right back on it and smeared the rest of it on his face. I think we are gonna be in trouble this election year.

legalimmigrant on February 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

New Life for the NEWTER !!!!!!

FlaMurph on February 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

“Romney says that he is “not concerned about the very poor,” but that slice of Romney’s statement is entirely misleading…,”

Misleading?!? I call B*LL.
It’s not a pretty thing hearing from Romney’s apologists.

In this case, I wholeheartedly concur with Malkin:


The message shouldn’t be “Let Them Eat Food Stamps.”

The message shouldn’t be that he’ll “fix” any holes in the safety net.

It’s supposed to be: Get them off food stamps, provide them with real educational choice, reform the culture of dependency, and get government out of the way so that businesses and entrepreneurs can thrive — and increase economic opportunities for everyone.

Yes, there is a better choice [than Romney].”

Czar of Defenestration on February 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

According to Fox exit polls Mitt got 58% of the voters that agreed that abortion should be legal in all circumstances. If that’s conservative, count me out.
MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

This is not his policy and as such it’s a jaw-droppingly idiotic reason to reject Mitt. It’s like saying people who voted for Newt Gingrich approve of adultery. Meanwhile, it is Obama’s policy. Is that what you want?

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Freud is dead.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

During my time in college the rich folks didn’t want to hang with us because we were from poor backgrounds.

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Right, because it has nothing to do with the fact that you have nothing intelligent to say; yet feel the need to say it quiet often. Anyone with a higher IQ than Forrest Gump would consider you a social cockroach and would rather have you hide under the fridge or step on you than listen to your idiotic drivel.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Flora Duh on February 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I think it was a bit of a gaffe as well and I’m a Mitt supporter. My concern is the bridge to “heartlessness” or “inhumanity” with this soundbite taken out of context. I think some people on the left and right see Mitt as someone incapable of empathy for those who haven’t been as fortunate as he has. It isn’t true, in my opinion, but his inartful phrasing doesn’t help.

Slainte on February 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Mitt lets the media set the meme for him, and he walks right into their traps. He is not a very good politician.

This is why Romney will not get elected. Newt knows how to stay away from these traps.

faraway on February 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

what trap? this was simple questioning.
here is how he could have said it:
“we have to keep our social safety net that is so necessary to many americans, but our main focus is on the middle class that was hit hardest by the economic decline caused by president obama failed policies”
see… easy!
instead it seems like mitt handlers said to him “mitt! focus on the middle class”, and he just repeats it verbatim on the interview. me thinks mitt as little talent as a politician.

nathor on February 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

This is why Romney will not get elected. Newt knows how to stay away from these traps.

faraway on February 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

ROFL!!!! Which Newt are you talking about, surely not Gingrich.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Mitt lets the media set the meme for him, and he walks right into their traps. He is not a very good politician.

This is why Romney will not get elected. Newt knows how to stay away from these traps.

faraway on February 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Right. Newt just refers to Obama as a Kenyan colonialist, food stamp President, etc…he doesn’t fall into any traps. /

changer1701 on February 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Mitt also hates elderly Jewish Holocaust survivors and tries to deny them kosher meals just to save a buck. I know it’s true ’cause I heard it on a phone call.

a capella on February 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Slainte on February 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

+100

Flora Duh on February 1, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Yeah…lot’s of business experience, but not one lick of political savvy. How can this guy be running for president for as long as he has, come out on the morning after his “epic” win, and bellow a gaff like this? This guy is EXACTLY who Obama wants and NEEDS to run against. Obama’s (and the alphabet media) #1 talking point: Romney is a rich Republican capitalist pig who hates the poor.

mooseygoosey on February 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

JonBGood on February 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Thanks for the info..looks like a very low turnout of voters, as if they were just turned off.
That is a bad omen for Mitt, is continue to show he cannot create a “buzz”, even with the amount of money he dumped into the state…very telling, and not a good sign.

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Well, if you’re suggesting I’m part of a conspiratorial “Mitt brigade”, you’d be disappointed to find out my candidates were West, Palin and then undecided when neither of them ran. Romney is the best shot we have. Sorry.

Hot Gas on February 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I wasn’t. The members of the Mitt brigade on this site are easy to identify by the frothing. You’re not one of ‘em.

Romney may end up the only shot we have, but it’s not done until his nomination acceptance speech.

ElectricPhase on February 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I am no Mitt fan, but this is a non-story…except if the dems want to make a big deal. If so, I think Mitt comes out ahead. He won’t get the “welfare” vote, but he needs the middle class vote, and so does Obama. The middle class is tired of carrying the water for the nation, and any support of “welfare” is a burden on the middle class.

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

The story is the fact Willard is a walking gaffe machine who makes Joe Biden seem intelligent.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Flora Duh on February 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I’m off. Have a great day! :-)

JonBGood on February 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Perhaps you need to familiarize yourself with what Romney surrogates have been doing to Newt for weeks. They’ve done the same things to Perry, Huck, Fred and Rudy.

Stayright on February 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

And the rabid Newt supporters have been doing exactly the same thing to Romney. Two sides of the same coin. Maybe you familiarize yourself with that? There is also a long-time, rabid Perry supporter who now says he’s going to vote for Obama. Is that what you will do, if Mitt is nominated?

I thought the goal here was to get rid of Obama?

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

A dingo ate my post?

ElectricPhase on February 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

It’s too bad the not-Romneys aren’t really up for taking the reins.

Ukiah on February 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Slainte on February 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

+1

Flora Duh on February 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I do not blame him. Rich people hate the poor. During my time in college the rich folks didn’t want to hang with us because we were from poor backgrounds. They despise the working poor and look down upon us for not being wealthy

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I bet you didn’t have any smart friends…good looking friends…wealthy friends…maybe you should step back and take a good, long, hard, look at some other reason?

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

A dingo ate my post?

ElectricPhase on February 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Never mind. Hot Gas is having caching issues again.

ElectricPhase on February 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Oh for Christ’s sake people… really?
We’re to the point that we can’t take folks’ words in their full context? That’s why we get absolute bland BS out of anyone running for anything today. Don’t give your opponents ammo! Screw it.
What he said wasn’t innacurate or even wrong.
Man alive, some “conservatives” need to breath into a bag.

Sugar Land on February 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

This….thread over.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Before this day is done Romneys super pack will have a video out claiming Newt realty said it.Romney said it and i hope the rest of the candidate burn him a new one .Twist it around take it out of context .In others words do what Romney has been doing.

logman1 on February 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

It is very easy to give 6 million to Charity when you are worth over 250 million

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Really? Doesn’t seem to be so very easy for the Obamas, who make millions and continually trumpet their deep concern for the poor, yet give a negligible amount of their income to charity.

AZCoyote on February 1, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Mittens not only doesn’t “feel their pain”, he doesn’t even want to hear about it !
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omg ! – he just flushed the poor folk vote down the drain !!! he’s gonna have to get to vegas and dig out in the ghetto.

FlaMurph on February 1, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I’m more concerned about the in-context quote.

Romney just ok’d entitlements and essentially said no reform is needed. He’s a BIG govt guy, and now everyone knows. He’s playing class warfare. He should be concerned about everyone. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

conservative pilgrim on February 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

No. He didn’t say no reform is needed. You inferred that. He’s right. You just don’t want to admit it.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

nathor on February 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

No, he should have avoided the false construct of class altogether. This is how people like liberal4life create these “tribes” that are supposed to be enemies. How about “people who are down on their luck should have some assistance”.

WE DONT LIVE IN A CASTE SOCIETY

bernverdnardo1 on February 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Hey, The Clintoons gave their old underwear to charity so let’s not bicker about generosity….

viking01 on February 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

And the rabid Newt supporters have been doing exactly the same thing to Romney. Two sides of the same coin.
JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Awww poor little Willard. He spends $15M on negative ads, but then he – and his surrogates – complain about attacks on Willard. I swear I have never seen a group of people with thinner skin than Mittbots.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I do not blame him. Rich people hate the poor. During my time in college the rich folks didn’t want to hang with us because we were from poor backgrounds. They despise the working poor and look down upon us for not being wealthy
liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Are you sure it just wasn’t YOU? I just read your posts on Hotair and I don’t like you. Can imagine how annoying you must be in person.

jawkneemusic on February 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

“I like being able to fire people”

“I’m not concerned about the very poor”

Obamacare is “not worth getting angry about”

But we have to keep hearing how Newt is unhinged and how you never know what he’s going to open his mouth and say in an unguarded moment?

Right Mover on February 1, 2012 at 11:34 AM

List of people Mittens has alienated so far:

- Tea Party
- Poor people
- People who have been fired recently

But he’ll win over so many Democrats/Independents I guess it doesn’t matter.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Four more years thinks to all the wonderful idiots who voted fo Mr Electability.

Southernblogger on February 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Sound bites like “I like being able to fire people.” andd “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” are forever.

ElectricPhase on February 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

That makes sense also. The reason I consider it is because it was going to be the narrative anyway. The “bitter clingers” narrative was basically created with Obama’s comment.

Sadly, the media never proper vetted him.

csdeven on February 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Quoting myself from the Headlines posting of this news item:

He is right about the “poor” having a safety net already in place. But I am still sick and tired of Republicans being drawn into the same class-based arguments that the Democrats have established. We talk about we want to focus this policy on the middle class or that policy on the poor or this other policy on the rich. And it’s all class warfare nonsense.

Our economic and tax policies should not target specific groups. We should implement broad-based tax reform and sound economic policies that affect ALL Americans by getting government out of the way and letting the free market grow the economy. Then everyone benefits. Targeting tax and economic plans to “benefit” specific “classes” of Americans is inherently un-American and never works anyway.

Also, I’ll agree with what was said upthread. There are no “very poor” people in this country. True poverty simply does not exist in the United States.

Shump on February 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I think you may be right, but it must give them great heartburn to know that Obama’s approval rating is above 50%. Just goes to show you how stupid the electorate is.

And to those who argue that we just need a conservative legislature to keep a Romney in line…apparently, for the first time in 2 years, Democrats beat out Republicans in the daily tracking for generic congressional ballot 41%-40…

Two years ago I actually had hope for this country…now…not so much.

pannw on February 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

List of people Mittens has alienated so far:

- Tea Party
- Poor people
- People who have been fired recently

But he’ll win over so many Democrats/Independents I guess it doesn’t matter.

Well, he hasn’t alienated Barack Obama. He thinks the President is “a nice guy.”

Right Mover on February 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

This is not his policy and as such it’s a jaw-droppingly idiotic reason to reject Mitt. It’s like saying people who voted for Newt Gingrich approve of adultery. Meanwhile, it is Obama’s policy. Is that what you want?

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

It may not not be his policy now, but I have seen the tapes.
I don’t approve of the adultery either(I was a Perry supporter) but how can you be faithful to your core beliefs and ever say it should be legal… This is not my biggest issue but it shows me character flaw. I think they are all flawed. My issue is with Trust. I don’t trust someone who can change their views depending on what state they are in or what crowd they are talking to and I do not trust someone who says that the government State or Fed can force me to buy something or pay a fee/fine..I could go on and on but I’ve read your comments enough to know we will never agree. So sling the insults call me names, it makes you feel so superior good for you.

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM

O is going to eat our lunch in the general with this guy. O and the media will demonize Romney as the blue blood rich guy heartless out of touch stuck up, bla bla bla crap. It will be meaningless of course and have no relevance to our situation or how to fix it but it will work because Romney has no big ideas and no ability to articulate real conservatism.

In a mud slinging bout which this election will be we cannot out sling O because he will have the media multiplying his efforts off tab. Romney’s my healthcare is better than your healthcare and our R version of big socialist light gov is better than your D version of Big Socialist gov.

It won’t work. We need big ideas to force O to debate his policies and ideology vs conservatism. In that we will win in a superpac money throwing mud sling we will lose.

Like it or not most Americans would rather “hang out” with O than the plastic Romney or old guy newt. Likability we will lose but if we make it about choosing a captain well those same Americans would rather not have O as the captain.

If it is about ideas we win if its about who is cooler O we lose all day.

We are going to spend a boat load of money get branded as the rich party lose all the tea party ideas stuff. Then lose the executive, congress, and senate with this guy.

The stupid party proves itself again.

C-Low on February 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Romney likes those safety nets. They make for good places to scam money off the tax payers for the free market capitalists of the country.

astonerii on February 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

This makes me sad. He is embarrassing the party

boogaleesnots on February 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I do not blame him. Rich people hate the poor.

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Did you vote for the Rich Guy your Democrats ran for President in 2004?

Del Dolemonte on February 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Mitt’s comment is Christine O’Donnell grade stupid.

faraway on February 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Well, he hasn’t alienated Barack Obama. He thinks the President is “a nice guy.”

Right Mover on February 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Just like his BFF Juan McLamenesty who said Obama is a good and honorable man at his own campaign rally.

It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Willard picks that old senile fool as his VP just to give the final F-U to conservatives.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Maybe Romney can borrow Obama’s Teleprompter….

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Romney likes those safety nets. They make for good places to scam money off the tax payers for the free market capitalists of the country.

astonerii on February 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Funny, and ironic, that Romney talks about “safety nets” for the poor, when he was a big supporter of the ultimate safety net for the rich…TARP…yeah, he knows all about “safety nets”.

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

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