At a press availability in Michigan on Tuesday morning, Mitt Romney admitted that his campaign has been wounded by some of his comments in recent days that had the unintended effect of highlighting his wealth.
During a stop at his campaign headquarters in Livonia, Mich., a reporter asked Romney whether he realized that comments accentuating his wealth were hurting his campaign.
"Yes. Next question," Romney simply stated.
In just the past week, Romney has made several statements that reinforce the impression that he, as a multi-millionaire, is out of touch with the economic concerns of working Americans -- a perception that the Obama campaign and his Republican opponents have been trying to emphasize.
On Friday, Romney said his wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs."
During a visit to Florida's Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Romney was asked whether he follows racing.
"Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans, but I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners," he replied.
He also approached a group of fans wearing plastic ponchos and said, "I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks."