Mitt Romney “Not Concerned” About The Poor

In case you missed it, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney isn’t all that concerned with the struggles facing poor people.

Romney let this gem slip in an interview yesterday morning suggesting that it was the Democrats job to worry about the poor.


In 2010 more than 4 million more women than men lived in poverty. Families headed by a single adult are more likely to be headed by women, and these female-headed families are at greater risk of poverty and deep poverty. 34.2% of families with a female householder where no husband is present were poor and 17% were living in deep poverty. So when Romney says he doesn’t care about the poor, he means specifically he doesn’t care about poor women.

It’s not just Romney. It’s the entire Republican party who spent the last year legislating on the backs of our most vulnerable. It started with Stupak-Pitts during the health care reform debate and has now evolved into an outright war on the ability of the poor to access health care services at all on both the state and the federal level. It’s expressed in the crusade to cripple health care reform and to take away any affordable family planning or cancer screening.

And they’ve even enlisted their surrogates. Just look at the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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Laura T.
Laura T5 years ago

What is sickening is that the GOP are trying to present themselves as the 'Christian' party when everything they say and do is so anti-Christian as to be enough to make me puke. According to the New Testament Christ cared for the outcasts of society, the poor, the weak, the sick, the elderly, even the prostitutes. Yet the GOP considers them all worthless leeches and that they don't deserve any care or help. How very unChristian of them. Maybe they should pay more attention to their own Bible:

“Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 19:24

Lisa S.
Lisa S.5 years ago

This man is THE BIGGEST hypocrite and FAR WORSE than Bush!! SCARY example of what has happened to this country!! People need to stop watching "brainless" TV and listen to what is really important!! WE- THE PEOPLE need to TAKE THIS COUNTRY BACK-NOT BIG BUSINESS!!! The occupy Wall Street movement was NOT enough and we need to do MORE!
SORRY Mr. Romney Corporations are NOT people!! Hopefully PEOPLE WILL VOTE and get these greedy, callous people OUT of office!!
They have NO shame!

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe5 years ago

Petition signed. Another dumb Romney remark.

Jay Williamson
Jay w5 years ago

seriously this man is dellusional to seriously suggest its the democrats job to worry about the poor. I'd like to see what mitt romney thought of that if he had no money.

Jackie Agusta
Jackie Agusta5 years ago

Why would he care about the poor? He doesn't know what it feels like to be poor. I bet the little bit of money I have left from my wages/salary that this guy has never worried about money in his life... :-(

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M5 years ago

Tamara was right, this was taken out of context. However, Mitt continues to poorly choose his words, inciting the opposition and continually giving fodder to his detractors. This obscenely rich man with perpetual foot-in-mouth disease keeps giving us these memorable one liners. To pretend a 'safety net' exists while budget cuts slash programs for the poor right and left, along with getting the numbers wrong for unemployment, leads one to wonder just what else he doesn't know... I keep thinking, give him enough rope and he will hang himself...but there seem to be enough Romneyites out there who are oblivious not only to what he says and does, but to what he has already done. A very scary man with even scarier followers-almost cult-like.

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago

That attitude is why the wealth disparity keeps growing and creating the environment for revolution unless Congress and the administration successfully address that disparity SOON.

Lee Witton
5 years ago

Diane O - more empty rhetoric. Yes; there are extremely wealthy Democrats but have you noticed Diane, they're are the ones who are truly altruistic, believe they should be taxed at higher rates, are willing to fight for fairness in this country. I haven't seen that from the Republicans. Oh sure, Mutters give big, big contributions to the MorON Church, but I don't call that altruistic since in goes in to the MorONs and there it stays.
Being born with a silver foot in one's mouth (Dubya), doesn't mean they are good people or not a drain on society (Dubya), any more than being poor makes ones a drain on society or a bad person. After all, Dubya went to Yale, was AWOL for the majority of his Air Force enlistment, failed every business venture he launched, launched two wars as 'president' of the U.S. and is considered a war criminal internationally (in fact he can't even travel outside the U.S. for fear of being arrested and tried as a war criminal. He didn't mind one damned bit, sending kids off to get killed for a lie. Didn't mind it a bit. Nothing you ever say has any impact as relevant because you simply leave out the pertinent facts.

Michael C.
Michael C5 years ago

Diane Oh O, It is just like you...always the one telling jokes at a funeral.

Let me quess? Your about to send a resume to Romney's office, forget it. He would never hire an out of work disinformation officer, they all too often prove to be unreliable.

As for Romney, let him talk, after all, it worked for Baby Bush, right.

Danielle K.
Danielle K5 years ago

Diane, were you totally asleep in the 1990s when this thing called welfare reform passed? Are you forgetting that Republicans have been trying their damnedest to cut public school lunch programs? You're right, nobody should go hungry. Now, tell that to the Republicans who really don't care about the poor, to the extent that they're trying to destroy the safety net that exists for those who either work low-paying jobs with zero benefits or can't even find a job. If they're so pro-life, these guys, why aren't the concerned about 50 million people without health insurance and 44,000 who die every year because they can't access health care.