By Jedediah Bila –
In an appearance on CNN today, Mitt Romney said the following: “I’m in this race cause I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor. 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, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling. And I’ll continue to take that message across the nation.”
When questioned further, he added, “I said I’m not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net, but if it has holes in it, I will repair them. The challenge right now—we will hear from the Democrat Party ‘the plight of the poor.’ And there’s no question, it’s not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor. But my campaign is focused on middle-income Americans … You can choose where to focus. You can focus on the rich. That’s not my focus. You can focus on the very poor. That’s not my focus.”
“My focus is on middle-income Americans, retirees living on Social Security, people who can’t find work, folks that have kids that are getting ready to go to college. These are the people who’ve been most badly hurt during the Obama years. We 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. But the middle-income Americans, they are the folks that are really struggling right now and they need someone that can help get this economy going for them.”
Can I ask you a question? How easy would it have been for Romney to instead say “I’m focused on restoring this country for all Americans”? How easy would it have been to not hand the left-wing media and the 2012 Obama machine a quote of “I’m not concerned about the very poor” on a silver platter?
Do the GOP candidates somehow live in a bubble where they don’t understand just how ready the mainstream media is to pounce on their every word and run with an unfavorable headline? Now sure, that will sometimes happen no matter what you say. So many in media are waiting with bated breath to twist just about anything that comes out of a Republican’s mouth.
But candidates, why would you make their job easier—and more enjoyable—by not taking a minute to think before you speak?
The unfortunate reality is that the vast majority of the mainstream media will be working overtime to demonize GOP candidates and distort their records while glorifying everything Obama has said and done. That’s unavoidable. We can’t control that.
What candidates can control is what comes out of their mouths. You don’t want the media elite to be able to paint you as anti-poor? Well then make it really hard for them to do so. And certainly don’t hand them a sound byte that makes Chris Matthews’ leg tingle and has the Obama machine and the DNC already chopping up a video montage.
GOP candidates, you guys are smart. You’re smart enough to know what the agenda of most media folks is. You’re also smart enough to know that, like it or not, many Americans still tune in to media outlets whose bias is thicker than mud.
So do us a favor and stop helping them out. Think before you speak. The future of the country depends upon it.