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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Obama will get the welfare vote.

The middle class are the majority (still… even under obama ruinous reign) and are the voting block to go for.

Ineptly phrased, but the intent was to show concern for the majority that Obama has hurt.

Better get that speech writer cadre working on better phraseology, Mitt.

profitsbeard on February 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Yeah, poverty is a HUGE problem here.

Shump on February 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

The quote that sticks with me was from a writer in India, she stated she had always wanted to go to America, when asked why, she replied:
“I always wanted to visit a country where the poor were overweight”

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Better get that speech writer cadre working on better phraseology, Mitt.

profitsbeard on February 1, 2012 at 11:47 AM

They haven’t shifted gears from dissing and lying about the other candidates to promoting Mitt…it takes time.

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

MontanaMmmm
I concur. +100000

angrymike on February 1, 2012 at 11:54 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

i just saying that he could have said what he want to said with more talent. i am not agreeing with it.

nathor on February 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Romney = Biden

Nuf said…

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Ding, Ding, DING!
Thread Winner!
Two old horses headed for the glue factory.
Is it me, or has everyone forgotten that Florida will lose one-half of their delegates for their arrogance in moving up their primary?
In other words, Mittens didn’t win squat.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Profitsbeard
Correct me if im wrong, the middle class has been shrinking,except the government workers.
The government workers will vote for Zero to protect their future.

angrymike on February 1, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Ed Morrissey-

Mitt also said that “and I’m not concerned about the very rich… they’re doing fine.”

Why wasn’t that in the headline, too?

profitsbeard on February 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Most electable!!!!11!1!1111!

Yeah!

Guess that OS patch Rombot had installed at central planning still needs some kinks worked out. Really Mittards? This is who you’ve chosen to champion the Republican cause?

Speakeasy on February 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Romney has no idea what he is up against with the Obama machine and the media nipping at his heels constantly. Payback is a bi!ch! I can’t wait to see it happen. Go Santorum!

silvernana on February 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Romney hates the poor so much that he donated millions upon millions of dollars of his own money to charity.

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

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

liberal4life on February 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I know, right?

That’s why you voted for John Kerry.

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

angrymike on February 1, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Thx, working on my thin skin, gotta be tougher if I’m going to engage in these trenches.

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 12:02 PM

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

I could not have said it better. Thanks.

Romney redefining conservatism as the “safety net” party. That’s 1000% better than “food stamp” president!! /Sarc

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

yawn..not a gaffe.

therightwinger on February 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

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.”

OH Goodness! I’m the 95%?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

MontanaMmmm
Its not so bad, just ignore the trolls!

;-)

angrymike on February 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Romney hates the poor so much that he donated millions upon millions of dollars of his own money to charity.

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

To the Morman church…..

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

If Mittens is going to be the nominee, it’s better to make these statements now than during the run up to the general election. Though it will be used, this particular statement won’t be fatal. We don’t need another Obama term, even with the poor choices in front of us from the G.O.P.

moo on February 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

nathor- sorry, man, wasn’t shouting at you. I’m just irritated to see us dicussing the proper way to deal with the strawmen in Marx’s Theory of Social Class. Not that the commenters here don’t get it, but that Romney doesn’t. Guess I’d better get used to it.

bernverdnardo1 on February 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

profitsbeard on February 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Here’s the full quote:

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.”

How the hell is that any better?? Stop defending that crap. It’s not what I hear you guys preach as ‘conservatism’….whatever it means these days!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Super Tuesday Poll Favorite
Georgia…………..Gingrich over Romney..43/21..weak GOP state
Ohio……………….Gingrich over Romney..26/25..barely Dem state
Virginia………….Gingrich over Romney..30/25..weak Dem state
Oklahoma……….Gingrich over Romney..43/21..strong GOP state
Massachusetts…Romney over Gingrich..50/5…strong Dem state
Vermont…………Romney over Gingrich..26/6…strong Dem state
Stats: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/republican_super_tuesday.html

Notice where Romney is strongest; in strong Dem states. They know him to be one of them.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

To the Morman church…..

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Which will vote for him at about a 95+% rate…a great return on investment. Not counting how rabid they are, they will go door to door for him.

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Interesting…

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Which will vote for him at about a 95+% rate…a great return on investment. Not counting how rabid they are, they will go door to door for him.

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

So it’s not a donation, more of an investment….

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

yawn..not a gaffe.

therightwinger on February 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Probably more of a setup to bait the media to allow him to spotlight his promise to be the Champion of the middle class during this time of econ uncertainty! – and keep them from becoming more of the safety netted poor.
.
Baby steps.

FlaMurph on February 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

The Romney team has been very dishonest in their ads, so it will come back to him.

Rose on February 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

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.”

The question will then be, so why do they need the tax cuts? why not make the tax cuts permanent on the 90-95%?

Imagine that at a general election debate ….Good luck saying no, when poll, after poll shows that the people agree with The One on that ….Ok I’m done with this

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Romney gave 15% to charity. It wasn’t just “tithing.”

But Romney and his wife also gave a considerable amount of money – some $1.5 million in 2010 and $500,000 in 2011 – to other charities, mainly through the Tyler Charitable Foundation, apparently named for a street Romney and his wife lived on in Belmont, Mass. In 2010, the foundation had more than $10 million in assets.

In 2010, the largest beneficiaries of the Tyler Charitable Foundation included the Mormon Church ($145,000), the Friends of George W. Bush Library ($100,000), and the Center for Treatment of Pediatric MS ($75,000). However, the foundation also made contributions to organizations including the US Equestrian Team Foundation ($10,000), Harvard Business School ($10,000), and Homes for Our Troops ($20,000). link here

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

If Mittens is going to be the nominee, it’s better to make these statements now than during the run up to the general election. Though it will be used, this particular statement won’t be fatal. We don’t need another Obama term, even with the poor choices in front of us from the G.O.P.

moo on February 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Obama is going to win the election no matter who the Republicans choose. The people the GOP is pushing aren’t worth a plugged nickel and the GOP refuses to back anybody else. The GOP is putting all their hopes in Romney. Isn’t Romney that guy who lost to McCain who lost to Obama? That sounds like the definition of insanity where you keep doing the same thing hoping for different results.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Notice where Romney is strongest; in strong Dem states. They know him to be one of them.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I think this what they refer to as…..oh yeah..electability.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

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

Please. Who’s inferring? Where has Romney said he would do anything with entitlement reform? If the “safety net” is ok, how can Romney hit Obama on food stamps for example? Unemployment benefits? Why is he playing class warfare? The poor and the rich are a-okay where they’re at?! Everyone needs a break. I’m a believer in trickle down economics and upward mobility (so many examples, but “Pursuit of Happyness” comes to mind) and they aren’t mutually exclusive. The “rich,” revenue generators, inventors, the poor should NOT be pitted against one another. That’s exactly what Mr. Tone Deaf communicates here. That’s your in-context quote.

Out-of-context, Romney just made the Obama Team and OWS creeps day that much easier. But out-of-context payback isn’t all tea and biscuits, huh? It’s politics! Toughen up.

conservative pilgrim on February 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

It is inexcusable to have these repeated unforced errors, and I say this as a strong Romney supporter. He has got to stop this crap. I don’t care if he is exhausted. We all are.

He needs to close the sale, and stop saying things that will be used against him.

matthew8787 on February 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Too bad hotair can’t give the full quote. He said the poor have a safety net, the rich can take care of themselves, but if the middle class fail, well the implication was the poor will starve.

You all don’t think he knows about the poor, and yet by my
calculations he has served for 17 1/2 years for the LDS Church (and not paid a red cent) aiding and helping those very poor people, people with problems that you all think he doesn’t know about. When you add his service in the Olympics, which he took no money for, and as gov of Mass, I understand he took no money for that, gave away to charity his inheritance, well I guess you can add 6 to 8 years to his service.

Please stop saying he doesn’t know anything about real people’s problems.

Bambi on February 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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

This does nothing to refute my point, that Newt’s supporters do the same thing they whine about Romney doing, and I’m not a Mittbot, and I wasn’t complaining about attacks on Romney.

In other words, everything you said has absolutely nothing to do with what I said, that you were responding to.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

It is inexcusable to have these repeated unforced errors, and I say this as a strong Romney supporter. He has got to stop this crap. I don’t care if he is exhausted. We all are.

He needs to close the sale, and stop saying things that will be used against him.

matthew8787 on February 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

It won’t matter because Obama is going to kick Romney’s A$$ (IF he’s the nominee)!! It will be very delicious to see!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

;-)

angrymike on February 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Hey angry, I’m trying, I know it’s “nothing to get angry about”.
Newbie here could you tell me what that symbol means?

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I wasn’t complaining about attacks on Romney.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

You either don’t know the definition of the word wasn’t or complaining.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

It won’t matter because Obama is going to kick Romney’s A$$ (IF he’s the nominee)!! It will be very delicious to see!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I wonder if RomneyAir should set up a suicide hotline for the Mittbots on election night.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Not the first and won’t be the last time the media will jump on some unfortunate phrase. I’m waiting for him to use the word “niggardly”, in proper context, and have the MSM hand his a$$ to him.

DumboTheAvenger on February 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

To the Morman church…..

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I’m sure if it were a protestant church, that would be OK with you.

http://news.yahoo.com/mitt-romney-taxes-show-very-high-charitable-giving-005152039.html

On Tuesday, when he released his income tax returns, Mr. Romney, a multimillionaire and presidential candidate, revealed that while he reported he made $42.5 million over the past two years, he also gave away $7 million.

While Romney is not thought of as a great philanthropist, his rate of giving is considered high. For example, in 2010 he gave $2.9 million or 14 percent of his income to charity. A typical person gives 2 to 3 percent of their income. And people who made $10 million or more typically gave 6.5 percent to charity, according to Roberton Williams of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington.

“Romney’s rate is very high,” says Mr. Williams.

Part of the reason for the high rate of giving is Romney’s contributions to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon church. According to the church, members are expected to tithe 10 percent of their income. In Romney’s case, in 2010 he gave $1.5 million, closer to 7 percent of his adjusted gross income. In 2011, he gave $2.6 million, or 12.4 percent of his income.

But Romney and his wife also gave a considerable amount of money – some $1.5 million in 2010 and $500,000 in 2011 – to other charities, mainly through the Tyler Charitable Foundation, apparently named for a street Romney and his wife lived on in Belmont, Mass. In 2010, the foundation had more than $10 million in assets.

In 2010, the largest beneficiaries of the Tyler Charitable Foundation included the Mormon Church ($145,000), the Friends of George W. Bush Library ($100,000), and the Center for Treatment of Pediatric MS ($75,000). However, the foundation also made contributions to organizations including the US Equestrian Team Foundation ($10,000), Harvard Business School ($10,000), and Homes for Our Troops ($20,000).

The Mormon church AND charities.

Anything else?

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Obama is going to win the election no matter who the Republicans choose. The people the GOP is pushing aren’t worth a plugged nickel and the GOP refuses to back anybody else. The GOP is putting all their hopes in Romney. Isn’t Romney that guy who lost to McCain who lost to Obama? That sounds like the definition of insanity where you keep doing the same thing hoping for different results.

I’m not a Romney fan, but the “lost to McCain” argument doesn’t hold water. Who should the “GOP” pick for the primary voters? Some guy who has a big smile, no record or executive experience that says “hope and change” a lot? The difference is Obama has a record now, and he’ll do everything in his power to distract from it. I don’t think it will work, and better to get the comments like Romney made out of the way early, with a chance to expand and clarify them to help inoculate him from the claims that the Dems with a willing media are going to make against him later on.

moo on February 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Ed Morrissey-

Mitt also said that “and I’m not concerned about the very rich… they’re doing fine.”

Why wasn’t that in the headline, too?

profitsbeard on February 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

The worshipers of Bishop Gingrich the Persecuted are hurting pretty bad today. He needs to provide them some red meat to sooth their hurt feelings.

That and hit count. :-)

csdeven on February 1, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Romney’s mask slipped. There will be more where that came from.

mozalf on February 1, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Good Lt, I have an honest question. Does the LDS suggest a tithing amount like my church does or does it make it a requirement?

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 12:28 PM

You either don’t know the definition of the word wasn’t or complaining.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

You apparently don’t understand the concept of ” making a comparison.”

I was pointing out that neither side has any legitimate right to complain.

Too bad that you’re either too dim to “get” that, or you were too busy making assumptions (about me) to actually comprehend my actual point.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The Mormon church AND charities.

Anything else?

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Nope…..

Just being truthful on what Romney donates to….

idesign on February 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The more relevant polls.

csdeven on February 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Smile, lives to short!

angrymike on February 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The Mormon church AND charities.

Anything else?

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM


the foundation also made contributions to organizations including the US Equestrian Team Foundation ($10,000),

Without his money, Muffy van Huffington (of the Newport van Huffingtons) would have been forced to fly business class to the Olympics instead of First Class.

Thanks you Mittens for making sure this horror did not occur.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I’m confused is this the comments board for the daily Kos?

steel guy on February 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Without his money, Muffy van Huffington (of the Newport van Huffingtons) would have been forced to fly business class to the Olympics instead of First Class.

Thanks you Mittens for making sure this horror did not occur.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Center for Treatment of Pediatric MS ($75,000)

Homes for Our Troops ($20,000).

I noticed you forgot some things – was that on purpose?

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

The Mormon church AND charities.

Anything else?

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

No, it’s much easier for them to cling to their preconceived idea that Mitt only contributes to his church. That, in turn, makes it easier to cling to the idea that he’s a liberal, and just like Joe Biden.

It’s nice to see the anti-Mormon bias coming through, though.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Odd my anti Romney statement disappeared, being it was here for 1/2 hour…

Sorry I hit a nerve by reminding some “It’s 2008 rich white guy redux” all over again… specifically “I dont know how many houses we own McCain”

Odie1941 on February 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The more relevant polls.

csdeven on February 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Whistling past the graveyard

Rasmussen Reports 1/29 – 1/31 1500 LV 47 43 Obama +4
48 Tie
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 1/22 – 1/24 RV 49 43 Obama +6
PPP (D) 1/13 – 1/16 700 RV 49 44 Obama +5

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Too bad hotair can’t give the full quote. He said the poor have a safety net, the rich can take care of themselves, but if the middle class fail, well the implication was the poor will starve.

You all don’t think he knows about the poor, and yet by my
calculations he has served for 17 1/2 years for the LDS Church (and not paid a red cent) aiding and helping those very poor people, people with problems that you all think he doesn’t know about. When you add his service in the Olympics, which he took no money for, and as gov of Mass, I understand he took no money for that, gave away to charity his inheritance, well I guess you can add 6 to 8 years to his service.

Please stop saying he doesn’t know anything about real people’s problems.
Bambi on February 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Sorry to break it to you but his years of service aiding the poor for the LDS church is not what you want to highlight (it will feed into those who are anti-Mormon to bring up things like the LDS’ relatively recent policy change regarding blacks in the LDS church and other perceived-to-be unfavorables). . . .but I guess you’re going to have to start shoring up your defenses because it is going to get UGLY for Romney (against Romney, that is) IF he is nominee. I hope that Romney knows how to grow a spine because he’s going to need a strong one against Obama (I don’t think he’ll be able to handle it).

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Isn’t Romney that guy who lost to McCain who lost to Obama? That sounds like the definition of insanity where you keep doing the same thing hoping for different results.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

Okay, lets just test your little theory, hmmmmm?

Reagan lost to Ford, Ford lost to Carter, Reagan beat Carter.

csdeven on February 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

another non-story story…could the media report on anything more irrelevant than this?…

jimver on February 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I noticed you forgot some things – was that on purpose?

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Mittbots don’t have much of a humor I see. Lighten up dude.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Mittens lost to the guy who lost to Obama. And he will lose to Obama himself.

A double loser.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

So I pull up YAHOO and right there as the lead story..

“Romney not concerned about ‘very poor’”

So there you have it. Mr. smooth says he is not concerned about the very poor and he likes to fire people. So what if it’s totally out of context, the headline is all that matters and it plays perfectly into Obama’s narrative.

Romney will never be able to handle the leftist media and the Obama machine.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Isn’t Romney that guy who lost to McCain who lost to Obama? That sounds like the definition of insanity where you keep doing the same thing hoping for different results.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

no, insanity is not to take into account different contexts, they are usually responsible for different outcomes/results…2012 and 2008 are entirely different contexts, worlds apart I’d say….

jimver on February 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Make that a triple loser.

He also lost to Ted Kennedy by 20% in 1994 when everyone in the land with an “R” next to their name was winning elections. Even in MA, the “R” governor, Bill Weld won with 70% of the vote. Yet Mittens lost by 20%.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I’m confused is this the comments board for the daily Kos?

steel guy on February 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Romney IS a Democrat so it only makes sense that Daily Kos-type folks are here providing input.

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Good God people. I’m not exactly a Mitt fan, but he expressed a thought that took 2, maybe 3 sentences, and its a flame war. If they don’t speak in sound-bites, he (our candidates) just jumped off a cliff.

Same thing happens to Sarah. Don’t listen to the whole thought/idea being expressed. Just jump on some 2 or 3 words being said and run with it.

Our side is becoming just as despicable as the other side.

Mirimichi on February 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Romney will never be able to handle the leftist media and the Obama machine.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Who will?

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

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

Ha, very good. Romney is a gaffe machine.

Rush is talking right now about Mitt’s statement on not caring about the poor.

Negative ads in Florida:

1 negative ad by Newt to every 65 negative ads by Romney.

Romney 13,000 ads on tv, Gingrich 200 ads.

IndeCon on February 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

“I don’t care about the poor”—-real good RINO!! I guess steel sharpens steel but doesn’t do so well with aluminum.

Dollayo on February 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

A vote for the “Romney Immaculate Deception.”
EQUALS …
A vote for King Barack the Growth Slayer.
Choose your poison.
Just don’t blame those of us with principals and integrity when Slappy is re-elected.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I listened to the entire statement and well the safety net is part of problem, he plays right into the rich white republican doesn’t care about the poor. What does that statement say about, his for today view after all the wind may change tomorrow, his beliefs about taxation? Forget about the exit polls in Florida, when your out spent 65 to1 in a state it’s game over exit polls mean nothing. The wizards of smart are now going to have to deal with him, we’re going to run a guy has won what 9, 10 elections out of 26 , great record….

oldmans on February 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

So I pull up YAHOO and right there as the lead story..

“Romney not concerned about ‘very poor’”

So there you have it. Mr. smooth says he is not concerned about the very poor and he likes to fire people. So what if it’s totally out of context, the headline is all that matters and it plays perfectly into Obama’s narrative.

Romney will never be able to handle the leftist media and the Obama machine.

magic kingdom on February 1, 2012 at 12:36 PM

That is a given no matter who the nominee is

steel guy on February 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Please stop saying he doesn’t know anything about real people’s problems.

Bambi on February 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM

The other fact they ignore is that LDS bishops help members and non members alike in their geographic area called a “ward”. I have a neighbor who is not a Mormon who received help when he became unemployed. And he doesn’t pay one red cent into their church.

csdeven on February 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

2012 and 2008 are entirely different contexts, worlds apart I’d say….

jimver on February 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

2008: Exciting young black man vs. old white man
2012: Totally different, right?

2008: liberal Democrat vs liberal Republican
2012: Totally different, right?

2008: $1B of union money available to Obama
2012: Totally different, right?

2008: Repuplican candidate calls Obama nice guy
2012: Totally different, right?

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

After all, Romney is the best republican candidate money can buy. What’s to quibble?

mozalf on February 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Romney redefining conservatism as the “safety net” party. That’s 1000% better than “food stamp” president!! /Sarc
Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Thanks. The goal posts keep moving…..

conservative pilgrim on February 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Who will?

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Gingrich.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Before Mitt Romney was born, there were no rainbows.

csdeven on February 1, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Well it is the # 1 story on yahoo right now.From what I have read elsewhere it was taken out of context. Big surprise…

sandee on February 1, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Good God people. I’m not exactly a Mitt fan, but he expressed a thought that took 2, maybe 3 sentences, and its a flame war. If they don’t speak in sound-bites, he (our candidates) just jumped off a cliff.

Same thing happens to Sarah. Don’t listen to the whole thought/idea being expressed. Just jump on some 2 or 3 words being said and run with it.

Our side is becoming just as despicable as the other side.

Mirimichi on February 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

This site has been rolling that way for years. People screech about how our (Republican) side lets the left get away with murder, and they should speak out with the truth more, but then we’re told we have to parse each word, oh so carefully, so as not to give the left fodder for their smear campaigns.

We may as well just hang it up, if we’re going to focus on watching every single word coming out of our mouths, because the left will mischaracterize what we say, no matter what we say and how we say it.

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

The other fact they ignore is that LDS bishops help members and non members alike in their geographic area called a “ward”. I have a neighbor who is not a Mormon who received help when he became unemployed. And he doesn’t pay one red cent into their church.

csdeven on February 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Awww how sweet. I’m sure that’s what Mittens does, walks around handing cash to unemployed neighbors who also live in 11K sq ft homes.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Notice where Romney is strongest; in strong Dem states. They know him to be one of them.

timberline on February 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

And none of them will vote for him in the general.

This is McCain all over again.

Missy on February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Gingrich.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Now, I don’t care who are, that’s funny right there! — Larry the Cable Guy

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

In 2005, around the time that Romney started laying plans for his first presidential campaign, Romney suddenly began directing contributions to influential conservative groups and programs. Late that year, Romney gave $25,000 to the Heritage Foundation and a similar sized donation to the Federalist Society. Tyler records show the Romney charity gave the groups $10,000 donations again the next year.

Read more on Newsmax.com: Romney Charity Used for Conservative Donations

MontanaMmmm on February 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Mittens lost to the guy who lost to Obama. And he will lose to Obama himself.

A double loser.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

2008 =/= 2012

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Gingrich.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

GOOD GRAVY!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

You guys are whining like little 8itches about Romney’s “unfair attacks and lies”! Neutron Newt collapsed under the love taps he got from Romney. Obama is a thousand times meaner than Romney!

csdeven on February 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Hammering Romney is fun (and vert east too)!

Mittens is going to have Kittens!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Awww how sweet. I’m sure that’s what Mittens does, walks around handing cash to unemployed neighbors who also live in 11K sq ft homes.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Yes. Your hate is making you powerful.

Strike him down with it.

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Hammering Romney is fun (and very easy too)!

Mittens is going to have Kittens!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 12:45 PM

JannyMae on February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Thanks. You understood what I was getting at and expressed it a lot better than I did.

Mirimichi on February 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Awww how sweet. I’m sure that’s what Mittens does, walks around handing cash to unemployed neighbors who also live in 11K sq ft homes.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Yes. Your hate is making you powerful.

Strike him down with it.

Good Lt on February 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

angryed is an awesome dude!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

About time he scored some points with the Tea Party radicals. They will love this.

rubberneck on February 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Good god, you folk aren’t going to continue to do this through the general election are you?

steel guy on February 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

yep, tootally different…first off I don’t know why you bother so much commenting here, you stated clearly that you woouldn’t vote for Romney in the generals, so what’s it to you at this point? Really, are you hoping to persuade anybody with your humongous negativity and cynicism??? Mitt is on his path to nomination, and there’s nothing your nihilism can do about it, I’m afraid :-)…

2008: $1B of union money available to Obama
2012: Totally different, right?

Romney will have enough money available (and more :-), to paraphrase him, am not worried about Romney when it comes to that :-) asa far as I am concerned, Obama’s billion is a myth, meant at demoralizing his opponents…

2008: Repuplican candidate calls Obama nice guy
2012: Totally different, right?

huh? no idea what you are talking about…when did Romney call Obama ‘nice guy’? Oh, I forgot that you take your perceptions and figments of imagination for the real thing…

jimver on February 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Mittens is a disaster…

… His epidermis is showing.

It’s a good thing that this race isn’t over…

Seven Percent Solution on February 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Gingrich.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM
GOOD GRAVY!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

You guys are whining like little 8itches about Romney’s “unfair attacks and lies”! Neutron Newt collapsed under the love taps he got from Romney. Obama is a thousand times meaner than Romney!

csdeven on February 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

And Romney can’t handle the truth* (as Jack Nicholson once famously said)!

*i.e., IF he is the Ersatz-Republican nominee, he will lose BIG TIME to Obama because the conservatives and the independents will abandon him in droves (they will either vote for someone else, not vote for President at all or vote for Obama in protest . . . .count on it)!

Pragmatic on February 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM

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).

Newt on the other hand IS concerned about the poor and recognizes that foodstamps, housing vouchers, Medicaid and other assistance only serve to keep the poor treading water for generations. Hence the proposal to help the young kids learn good work ethics by doing menial jobs, like cleaning their schools. This is a game changing idea, yet Newt gets branded a racist for daring to do something conservative about saving the younger generations.

And where is Mitt’s position? Managing the fiscal holes in the safety net. That’s progress for you. One wants to fix entitlements big govt style, the other wants to reform entitlements with an eye towards safety nets use being rare.

AH_C on February 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Romney fell into a class-warfare trap, one he should have seen coming.

He’s a Bush “Conservative” which means he loves Bigger Government and being the one that gets to enrich his buddies in private business.

Since he’s a Progressive really what he means is OF COURSE HE SEES PEOPLE AS “CLASSES” and he’s the Ruling Class and we’re the serfs.

DUH.

OBAMAROMNEY 2012!!
Soros would be fine either way.

PappyD61 on February 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

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

Newt dropped the race card last night to play for the southern vote…MSNBC had kittens over it. They will surely have kittens over this, cause they love the poor.

rubberneck on February 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Socons are bitter and whiny.

Whenever something forces them out of their blog bubble, like an election, they find out what a minority they are. Again.

They have themselves convinced they are the 99%, just like the Occupy hippies do.

Moesart on February 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

If Mittens is the nominee, look forward to a great deal of pain.

After the general election is over, the only concilation to be had will be in excoriating and boycotting the Ann Coulter and Matt Drudge types out there who shoved this guy down our throats.
They would be of more use to society if they were toilet attendants.

Reggie1971 on February 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

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