No doubt Romney supporters might argue that he was quoted out of context. He finished up his remarks as such:
"Finish the sentence, Soledad — I said I’m not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net, but if there’s holes in it, I will repair them.
We will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor. And there’s no question it's not good being poor and we have a safety net to hep those that are very poor — but my campaign is focused on middle income Americans.
You can choose to focus on the rich, you can choose to focus on the very poor: that’s not my focus. My focus is on middle income Americans, retirees living on Social Security, people who can’t find work, folks who have kids getting ready to go to college. These are the people who’ve been most badly hurt in the Obama years.
We have a very ample safety net and we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it. We have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing programs to help the poor, but middle income Americans are the people that are really struggling right now and we need someone who can help get this economy going for them."
Interestingly, conservative bloggers appear to be as up in arms as liberals about his remarks.
Check out Michelle Malkin, Jonah Goldberg and Mark Steyn among others voice their objections to Romney's unforced error.