Despite a rousing victory in Florida yesterday, Mitt Romney continues to mess things up for himself without any help from his rivals. In an interview earlier this morning on CNN, Romney practically handed the GOP ammunition to take him down.
“I’m in this race because I care about Americans,” Romney told CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien. Yet, puzzlingly, he followed this statement with, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.”
To be fair, what he was really trying to say was that he was “concerned for the 90, 95 percent of Americans who are really struggling.” But in this day, when entire attack campaigns can be created from a single ten-second sound bite, it probably wasn’t wise to say flat-out that you do not care about very poor people.
This is not to say that the other Republican candidates necessarily care about poor people either. But they also don’t say that out loud, and certainly aren’t above using Romney’s words against him.
This is only the latest in a long string of Romney missteps — he previously came under fire for only paying a tax rate of 13 percent. However, he continues to do well with voters.
Then again, we suppose that no politician is without his gaffes. Just ask Connecticut mayor Joseph Maturo, who is in trouble after saying publicly that he would support the Latino community by buying tacos.