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

Brett Blume
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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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