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Romney: "I'm Not Concerned About The Very Poor"

Mitt Romney: "This is a time people are worried. They're frightened. They want someone who they have confidence in, and I believe I will be able to instill that confidence in the American people. And, by the way, I'm in this race because I care about Americans. 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 the America, the 90, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling, and I'll continue to take that message across the nation."

CNN's Soledad O'Brien: "Alright, I know I said last question, but I've got to ask you. You just said, 'I'm not concerned about the very poor because they have a safety net,' and I think there are lots of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say, 'that sounds odd.' Can you explain that?"

Romney: "Well, you had to -- finish the sentence Soledad. I said I'm not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net, but if it has holes in it, I will repair them. The challenge right now. 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 help those that are very poor. But my campaign is focused on middle income Americans. My campaign -- you can choose where to focus. You can focus on the rich. That's not my focus. You can 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 that have kids that are getting ready to go to college. These are the people who've been most badly hurt during 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, but we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor. But 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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