Romney Saying Words: Poor, Safety Nets, Middle Class

Hot on the heels of his win in last night’s Florida primaries, Mitt Romney went on CNN to say that he’s not concerned about the very poor. Oh what?!

Let’s try it again. Mitt Romney went on CNN and told Soledad O’Brien, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. There’s a safety net there, and if it needs repair I’ll fix it.” That still sounds kind of bad.

One more time. Romney told CNN that he’s not concerned about the very poor OR the very rich because his focus is on “middle income people.” In addition, we need to get poor people into the middle class. You’re a millionaire robot that doesn’t care about people who have no money and are hanging on to raggedy safety nets. Boo!

As CNN points out, opponents have taken Romney to task for being wealthy and “out of touch” despite his focus on the middle class. Lines like this will not help to combat that.

He did come back and clarify his statement, and, as he said last night, more eloquently, he’s walking away from the Florida primary with momentum, having won with nearly 50 percent of the vote. And Sen. Jim Demint is on his side. Clip of his CNN interview below. Lucky for him, that whole Facebook IPO thing happened so attention has gone elsewhere. (Also thanking Facebook: RIM.)

Meanwhile, The Washington Post has a breakdown of what people are searching for when they check out Newt Gingrich and Romney on Google. Yikes. Bad soundbites aside and with the Florida win, Romney is now in the lead, according to polls.