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GOP Presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, fresh off victory in the Florida primary, planted his Gucci-clad shoe firmly into his mouth Wednesday with a gaffe that got worse the more he tried to spin.
Romney, trying to explain how his campaign is focused on the plight of the American middle class, said he is “not concerned about the very poor” because they’re OK with a “safety net.” He didn’t just say it once, but three times.
In American politics, one does not say he or she is not concerned about the poor and if you’re a Republican trying to corral all those pesky conservative votes you don’t claim a “safety net” of welfare and food stamp programs is the way to go.
“My first thought is that he must be terminally stupid,” GOP strategist Arnold Block told Capitol Hill Blue. “Then it dawned on me that he really has no clue about what it means to be poor.”
While the gaffe may not stop Romney’s march to the nomination against the weakest field in political history, it won’t help him in what is becoming an increasingly long-shot effort to unseat President Barack Obama.
“That remark will be one of the centerpieces of the Democrats’ campaign against Romney and anybody on the GOP side of the ticket,” said Democratic strategist Carolyn Maxwell. “It’s a gift from heaven.”
The more Romney tried to explain the remark away the worse it got.
The mufti-millionaire said he isn’t concerned about the rich because “they’re doing OK ” and he doesn’t have to worry about the poor because the “safety net” takes care of them.
Apparently, that’s what he actually believes.