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Romney makes gaffe on poor, draws flak

Mitt Romney, the frontrunner in the race to bag the Republican presidential nomination, on Thursday made a gaffe by saying he does not care about the very poor and is concerned about the plight of the middle-class Americans.

world Updated: Feb 03, 2012 00:48 IST
Lalit K Jha
Lalit K Jha
Hindustan Times
Hindustantimes

Mitt Romney, the frontrunner in the race to bag the Republican presidential nomination, on Thursday made a gaffe by saying he does not care about the very poor and is concerned about the plight of the middle-class Americans.

The remarks by richest Rep­ublican hopeful were considered as blunder by the former Gov­ernor of Massac­hu­setts, who a day earlier won the Flor­ida primary by a huge margin. His remarks on the poor were immediately bounced upon by his rivals.

“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich; they’re doing just fine,” Romney told the CNN in an interview.

“I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90%, 95% of Americans right now who are struggling, and I’ll continue to take that message across the nation,” Romney said.