Leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in an interview with CNN Wednesday “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. 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.”
Democrat pundits quickly pounced on the statement, calling it a moment of honesty in which Romney revealed the GOP attitude toward the poor: they aren’t going to vote Republican anyway, so who cares?
Struggling second-place candidate Newt Gingrich was quick to assert his ultra-conservative credentials in the wake of Romney’s statement. “I’m the only true conservative in this race” Gingrich said. “No one cares less about poor people than me!”