Romney: 'I'm Not Concerned About the Very Poor'

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There has to be a better way for Mitt Romney to get his point across than giving cringe-worthy sound bites. "I'm in this race because I care about Americans. I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair I'll fix it," he told CNN Tuesday night after his Florida win (video below). The first two parts of that quote are enough to raise eyebrows and as you can see from Soledad O'Brien's reaction, it's hard to focus on anything else when you recall  his millions of dollars and puny tax rate. You have to wonder why Romney, who's fighting his image as an out-of-touch rich guy after some callous and insensitive earlier remarks (remember "I like being able to fire people" ?), would say something like that.

Romney softened this latest comment by saying, "I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling." See how much better that sounds?

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