This is going to be a bad clip for Romney.
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 per cent of Americans who right now are struggling.”
In context the line is OK, but in an opposition TV ad, nobody is obligated to provide context.
But also, as Erick Erickson just pointed out on Twitter, one problem is that he just kept digging.
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.”
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