No matter what any of the Republicans say, their words will be sampled, clipped and edited to suit the purpose of ads from the left. That’s politics. But Mitt Romney just let one fly that is a shoo-in to be in an Obama ad very soon.
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.”
Oh Mitt. Those first seven words will be all we’ll hear in Team Obama ads for a while, and to top it off they’ll probably Photoshop Romney so he looks like Homer Simpson’s boss.
Now, maybe Romney’s thinking is that the vast majority of the “very poor” are going to vote for Obama en masse as they did in 2008 and it doesn’t really matter, but I wish he would stop serving up the soundbytes on a silver platter like this:
Now watch Romney dig a deeper hole and try to rectify this by saying “Of course I care about the poor. That’s why I came up with Romneycare. No, wait…”
Obama is so beatable this year that it’s a shame I’m not convinced the GOP has propelled a candidate to the front of the pack that can win in November. Somewhere a while back I read a question that summed up my concern: We’re going to try to win the presidency by running the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama in 2008?
Update: Yup, that didn’t take long at all.