Mitt Romney's 'Very Poor,' Self-Inflicted Wound

Within 12 hours of notching the second biggest political victory of his life, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney really stepped in it when he informed CNN's Soledad O'Brien that he was "not concerned about the very poor."

Are Romney's comments defensible? Of course they are. Romney was attempting to crib from former President Bill Clinton's playbook and he failed miserably at it.

Having monitored Romney extremely closely, both in 2008 and in the present, the former Massachusetts governor still seems incapable of grasping one of the cardinal rules on politics: What you say is generally less important than how you say it and the language you convey it in (or in Romney's case, how it is received by others, particularly independents).

Read more from Ford O'Connell at U.S. News & World Report

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published this page in In The News 2012-02-02 20:24:00 -0500
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