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Krauthammer On "Poor" Comment: Romney Can't Explain Conservative Ideas

"This is bad," syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said about Romney's remark that he is not concerned about the poor. "It's not just the day after a big win in Florida. He only spent a whole day on a soundbite that has been taken out of context and it will be. It's not just that it strengthens the stereotype of Romney as the patrician whose only aware of the poor as people who clean the streets and wash his car."

"The real problem here is that it shows he doesn't have fluency with conservative ideas. Conservatives are not the one who engage in the war of the classes or division of American classes. Obama, the Democrats will win that kind of argument every day. The moral case for conservative economics is that our policy is going to help everybody, including the poor. Two examples, school choice, which will help those trapped in the inner cities and tyranny of the teachers unions will finally have an education, have the skills to get a job. And you lower the marginal rates and taxes so you encourage economic expansion and creation of jobs," Krauthammer said on Wednesday's "Special Report" panel.

"The idea that somehow we can sign the poor to the safety net and we patch it and dependency is a liberal idea. It's not our idea and Romney is a guy who came late to his new ideology and still can't speak it very well," he added.

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