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Romney tells CNN's Soledad O'Brien that America's very poor and very rich are fine

This from press release sent by Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien: 

After winning the Florida primary, GOP presidential nominee hopeful Mitt Romney explains to CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien that he is focused on a particular portion of the American population in his campaign.

Romney says, "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair , I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich.... I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling."

O'Brien asked him to clarify his remarks saying, "There are lots of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say, 'That sounds odd.'"

Romney continues, "We will hear from the Democrat party, the plight of the poor.... You can focus on the very poor, that's not my focus.... The middle income Americans, they're the folks that are really struggling right now and they need someone that can help get this economy going for them."

Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien airs week mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.



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I do get what Mitt is saying...who is there to catch the middle class? The rich don't need help and the poor have the help, however, when your middle class there is no one there...I certainly do get it! There is no one there to help the middle class. Do you think if you're middle class and lose your job and then collect unemployment and havea savings account you can get assistance with food stams and such? No, you have to blow through your savings and live off the unemployment. Then when you have nothing left they will help. So, I do get it...who helped the middle class? No one, until they become poor.


Romney's comments are nothing less than political pandering to the largest percentage of voters, many of whom resent the poor and rich. It is class warfare thinly veiled.

Robert Jenkins

Unless "Newt" runs as an (I); Romney will be beaten by Presdent Obama. He will not take votes away from the President; but Mitt. If he runs Democrats will be over confident in their numbers; and many will not vote, due to their collective over confidence. Thus Mitt becomes the 45th President of the United States. That is the only way I can see Mitt winning!!!


@MoniqueManna. I think part of the problem with Mr. Romney's statement is the fact that by definition the "Middle class" is already doing better than the "very poor". Who ultimately needs more help?

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