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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Mitt Romney on ‘the very poor’: How do you explain his statement?

Mitt Romney may have given opponents an attack ad sound bite in a Wednesday morning interview with CNN, saying he was not concerned with very poor Americans, but was focused instead on helping the middle class.

It was part of a longer answer in which Romney explained that he was confident that food stamps, housing vouchers, Medicaid and other assistance would keep the poor afloat — and he pledged to fix holes in that safety net “if it needs repair.”

But the statement is still causing a stir today. How do you explain it? Take the poll below and continue the conversation in the comments.

By Washington Post editors  |  12:14 PM ET, 02/01/2012

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