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Mitt Romney says he’s “not concerned with the very poor”

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Mitt Romney had a great night, winning the Florida GOP primary with 46 percent of the vote. His campaign was saved! Newt Gingrich was toast! And then Romney had to open his mouth.

"I’m not concerned with the very poor," the former Massachusetts governor told CNN's Soledad O'Brien. "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."

Like Romney's previous comment about loving to fire people, the full context isn't so damning — he was trying to reassure the middle class — but his word choices won't endear him to an economically slammed electorate. A man worth a quarter of a billion dollars might not want to say things like, "You can focus on the very poor — that’s not my focus."

It's too early to tell whether the gaffe will help Gingrich's chances in Arizona and Michigan, but — just to be safe — the Romney campaign will immediately return of the malfunctioning unit to U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc. for adjustments to its haywire positronic brain.