Santorum On KMOX: “Very Poor” Remark Reveals Romney’s “Callousness”

Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Within moments of Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney’s statement that “I’m not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net” critics pounced, from both sides of the aisle.

And of course the men hoping to catch Romney in the GOP race are offering their two cents’ worth on the apparent verbal misstep, including Rick Santorum.

“I think it shows a callousness on the part of Governor Romney,” said the former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. “I mean this is a situation where we’re talking about people who are in the margins of society and we better care about them.”

Santorum made his comments as a guest on KMOX’s Charlie Brennan Show Thursday morning, and he began to get more worked up as he continued to weigh in on Romney’s comment.

“To suggest that all we need to do is worry about the social safety net…No…NO!”, Santorum said. “You don’t focus on the social safety net, you focus on how you create a ladder of success for the very poor. It shows that Governor Romney looks at people…in this case ‘the poor’…differently. Like being very poor is a disability.”

It’s stumbles like that by both Romney and Newt Gingrich that have Santorum believing he’s not out of this thing yet, and still has a chance to pass both of them down the stretch and win the Republican nomination.

“I’ve said this from the beginning of this campaign,” he told Brennan. “If you don’t like the way the campaign’s going right now, if you don’t like the favorites, just wait a week or two and it’ll change.”

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  1. LEL MN says:

    Nonsense. Another sound-bite taken out of context and used as a bludgeon. And I would prefer Santorum over either Romney or Gingrich.

    1. Jonathan Anders says:

      Agreed LEL. I would take Romney to be saying he’s not worried about them because we’ve already got them taken care of. I appreciate you saying what you did even as a Santorum supporter. Santorum sounded more like he was cow towing to liberals.

      1. kodewords says:

        Read Santorum’s quote, goofball. He said focusing on the safety net is the wrong approach. How is that pandering to liberals?

    2. Gary Glenn says:

      Well said – Ricky has digressed to a lite version of Newt – I understand the DNC waiting for a juicy sound bite but not fellow Republican candidates. Newt will stay negative through the campaign losing more and more as time progresses – he is hoping to get on the air at the RNC – Romney will have enough votes to win the nomination.

      Regarding Rick – he really isn’t one of the working class as he would like us to believe, he receives a nice fat retirement check from the Senate for the rest of his life, probably more than the majority of Americans make and he has a free courtesy of our taxes cadillac health plan

  2. phillysmart says:

    Romney is 100% right…the priority should be on the working people

  3. keno says:

    If that’s the wrong approach, and you want to build a “ladder of success, remember that most of the “very poor” have to be taken care of with a safety net because they’re incapable of taking care of themselves or learning to climb that ladder. Don’t they love to find a statement to jump on. That’s hypocrisy if you don’t ask for a definition of “very poor.” I know what “very poor” means to me. I see it everyday and it’s people who work at whatever they can get, but for various reasons that’s the best it can be expected to be. Perhaps folks with diabetes and no insurance, or moms who didn’t finish highschool and have to support families with no skills. It’s sad, but the best you can do is a safety net, plus open your own wallet to support these folks as best you can

    1. BlueWater says:

      No – you open yours. My wallet is none of your business, lib.

      1. BlueWater says:

        MY apologies keno – I shouldn’t have typed that.

  4. Judicious says:

    Ron Paul – Do some unbiased research. A vote for anyone else is a vote for more of the same.

  5. BlueWater says:

    Every American is the priority – Romney is a liberal – dividing people into categories – picking one category over another.

  6. roman says:

    as you go to zero fed inc tax in ron paul’s plan you block the federal government from determining the future of any community and provide liberty to that community to grow freely into many worthwhile areas of demand

  7. Jerry says:

    Forget this Romney RINO

  8. Pat Riot says:

    Santorum 2012

  9. Fauntelroy says:

    I like the poor. The fat ones make excellent foot rests!

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