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There was a brief moment of honesty on the campaign trail in Mitt Romney's conversation with Soledad O'Brien. Alternatively, this is future fodder for

I’m not concerned with the very poor. We have a safety net there,” Romney told CNN. “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 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”

Host Soledad O’Brien pointed out that the very poor are probably struggling too.

“The challenge right now — we will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor,” Romney responded, after repeating that he would fix any holes in the safety net. “It’s not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor . . . My focus is on middle income Americans ... 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.”
Shorter Mitt Romney: It would be much more convenient to my governing priorities if we re-instituted a poll tax and land ownership requirement for voting.
(Originally posted at AMERICAblog Elections: The Right's Field.)

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