It was pure McMitt Lite, and his take on the poor immediately flashed across the sound waves 0f TV and radio - so harshly at times that an aide conceded that although his candidate meant well, he could have worded it in a little better English.
Insisting that "there's no question it's not good being poor", Romney explained: "My focus is on middle income Americans...We a have a very ample safety net and we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it, but we have food stamps, we have Medicaid,, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor....You can focus on the rich - that's not my focus - You can focus on the poor - that's not my focus. My focus is on middle-income Americans." (Talk about it? In a quiet room?)
Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, he doesn't have to focus on the rich, who are focussing on his welfare with enormous personal contributions of six and seven figures.
At this stage of the long campaign, it does appear that the only safety net he will need is one that can spare him of the fallout from his own mindless comments. Anybody want to bet $10,000 that this won't be a learning experience for him?