Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is likely still kicking himself over his statement about the poor on CNN yesterday.
While he went on to clarify what he actually meant, it's likely the soundbite (i.e. "I'm not concerned about the very poor.") will come back to haunt him again before November. While many have been angry over what seemed to be a dismissive comment about helping those most in need, radio host Rush Limbaugh is frustrated for a different reason -- Romney's refusal to rail against entitlement programs as they currently stand.
"The safety net is one of the biggest cultural problems we’ve got! We had better be worried about it just like we had better get angry over Obamacare," Limbaugh said on the air yesterday.
"Obamacare is worth getting mad about. Mitt said that it wasn’t. This biz, ‘I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there’? Right, the safety net is contributing to the destruction of their humanity and their futures!," he continued.
In addition to having these qualms, Limbaugh also expressed his concern that the soundbite will become an electoral liability for Romney. In reflecting the sentiment that many have voiced in recent weeks, Limbaugh said that Romney "comes across as the prototypical rich Republican." This, especially considering the current economic climate, could hurt Romney should he win the nomination.
Listen to the audio, below (courtesy of DailyRushbo):