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Conservative Pundits Criticize Mitt Romney Gaffe: 'I'm Not Concerned About The Very Poor'

First Posted: 02/ 1/2012 4:19 pm Updated: 02/ 1/2012 8:19 pm

Conservative pundits are shaking their heads at Mitt Romney's latest gaffe about wealth.

On Wednesday, the Republican frontrunner said, "I'm not concerned about the very poor," adding that there was a social safety net in place and that he was focused on the middle class. Watch the segment in the clip above.

The statement was roundly criticized as the latest in a line of remarks that make Romney -- who is worth between $190 million and $250 million -- sound out-of-touch with ordinary Americans.

Talking Points Memo rounded up conservative criticism of Romney's gaffe on Wednesday. The Weekly Standard's John McCormack called it "the most idiotic thing a politician has ever said," and Michelle Malkin reacted with the word "Facepalm."

Other pundits like The National Review's Jonah Goldberg lamented that Romney's gaffes seemed to support caricatures of conservatives. At the American Spectator, Aaron Goldstein wrote, "Romney has to stop handing Obama weapons that can be used against him."

Critics also took issue with Romney's reference to Americans' reliance on safety net programs like food stamps, housing vouchers and Medicaid. At Commentary Magazine, Bethany Mandel alleged that the candidate "glorified a system Americans find either insufficient or too far-reaching."

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The richest presidential candidates:
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  • 10. John Edwards

    <strong>Minimum current estimated net worth:</strong> $45 million <strong>Election years:</strong> 2004 and 2008 <strong>Party:</strong> Democratic

  • 9. Rudy Giuliani

    <strong>Minimum current estimated net worth:</strong> $65 million <strong>Election year:</strong> 2008 <strong>Party:</strong> Republican

  • 8. Jon Huntsman

    <strong>Minimum current estimated net worth:</strong> $70 million <strong>Election year:</strong> 2012 <strong>Party:</strong> Republican

  • 7. Hillary Clinton

    <strong>Minimum current estimated net worth:</strong> $85 million <strong>Election year:</strong> 2008 <strong>Party:</strong> Democratic

  • 6. Bill Clinton

    <strong>Minimum current estimated net worth:</strong> $85 million <strong>Election years:</strong> 1992 and 1996 (President 1993-2001) <strong>Party:</strong> Democratic

  • 5. Al Gore

    <strong>Minimum current estimated net worth:</strong> $100 million <strong>Election year:</strong> 2000 <strong>Party:</strong> Democratic

  • 4. John Kerry

    <strong>Minimum current estimated net worth:</strong> $240 million <strong>Election year:</strong> 2004 <strong>Party:</strong> Democratic

  • 3. Mitt Romney

    <strong>Minimum current estimated net worth:</strong> $250 million <strong>Election years:</strong> 2008 and 2012 <strong>Party:</strong> Republican

  • 2. Steve Forbes

    <strong>Minimum current estimated net worth:</strong> $450 million <strong>Election years:</strong> 1996 and 2000 <strong>Party:</strong> Republican

  • 1. Ross Perot

    <strong>Minimum current estimated net worth:</strong> $3.58 billion <strong>Election years:</strong> 1992 and 1996 <strong>Party:</strong> Independent

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