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Conservatives Hit Romney Again On 'Poor' Remarks

USATODAY.COM - Mitt Romney continues to receive criticism for his comment that "he's not concerned about the very poor."

A Wall Street Journal editorial today slams the GOP front-runner's "artlessness" in his words. Rush Limbaugh lamented on his talk show yesterday that Romney "comes across as the prototypical rich Republican." Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin called Romney's words "Facepalm" as she linked to the video, which has already gotten thousands of views on YouTube.

Romney's comments came in an interview Wednesday morning on CNN, in which he stressed he would concentrate on helping the middle class if elected president -- something he has done repeatedly throughout his campaign.

He defended himself, by saying the whole comment should be taken in its context.

Here's what he said:

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 America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.

The criticism from the right directed at Romney is two-fold, on one level slamming him for his choice of words and for giving Democrats ammunition. The other vein of criticism is directed at Romney's message, and his remarks that he would "fix" the federal safety net of food stamps, Medicaid, housing vouchers and other programs available to the poor.

As Limbaugh put it on his radio program, the "safety net is one of the biggest cultural programs we've got."

Daniel Horowitz wrote on RedState.com, a widely read conservative blog, that Romney's belief that the "welfare state is, more or less, functioning properly" is what makes him "disqualified" for the GOP nomination.

Malkin wrote Romney should have delivered a different message. She said it should be to get the poor "off food stamps, provide them with real educational choice, reform the culture of dependency and get government out of the way so that businesses and entrepreneurs can thrive -- and increase economic opportunities for everyone."

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