Sound Off: Romney Says 'I'm Not Concerned About the Very Poor'

Romney says there's already a "very ample safety net" in place for poor Americans; do you agree?

Following his victory in the Florida primary Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told CNN that "he's not concerned about the very poor," according to the Huffington Post.

"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," the former Massachusetts governor said. "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."

Romney cited food stamps, Medicaid and housing vouchers as examples of programs in place to help the poor.

Let's hear from you. Should politicians be concerned with the "very poor" in this country or do you agree with Romney that there's already an adequate safety net in place? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Full story on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/mitt-romney-very-poor_n_1246557.html

Al 17 February 03, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I'd be very interested in learning how you know that Tom. How do you know he doesn't care about anybody but himself? Do you know him? Have you worked for him? Lived in Massachsetts perhaps? I know this about Obama-he cares about 2 things-getting reelected and his own ideological agenda. That has been on full display for 3 years now. You know it and I know it. Don't look now but your partisanship is showing...
Tom Gillen February 03, 2012 at 09:00 PM
If I may - you said "...he cares about 2 things-getting reelected and his own ideological agenda." - you just quoted the definition of a politician. Not a democrat here but why should America think Mitt Romney would be any different? The current caliber of lawmakers is atrocious. And to be fair - the country club image isn't just for the Republicans anymore. They all play the same game. #I'mMovingToCanada
Al 17 February 03, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Tom, because we have to believe there are some good people left but I agree, its getting damn hard to do so. Too many Politicians and not enough Statesmen....
Big Joe February 03, 2012 at 09:45 PM
At this point I would vote for Mickey Mouse. Personally for the good of the Country I think Newt is the best candidate but America cannot look past his baggage and his narcissism.
Joe Albano February 04, 2012 at 06:26 AM
There is always more that can be done to help the poor. Although he could have phrased it better I believe he is referring more to the tax rates applied to the middle class and the deductions on the tax return that the middle class get phased out of in many cases. As far as tax rates go, the poor already has the lowest tax rate and can qualify with much needed earned income credit when they have children. But as I said earlier I believe more can always be done regarding the poor.


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