Conservative Pundits Criticize Mitt Romney Gaffe: 'I'm Not Concerned About The Very Poor'

SMH: Conservative Pundits Hammer Latest Romney Gaffe

Conservative pundits are shaking their heads at Mitt Romney's latest gaffe about wealth.

On Wednesday, the Republican frontrunner said, "I'm not concerned about the very poor," adding that there was a social safety net in place and that he was focused on the middle class. Watch the segment in the clip above.

The statement was roundly criticized as the latest in a line of remarks that make Romney -- who is worth between $190 million and $250 million -- sound out-of-touch with ordinary Americans.

Talking Points Memo rounded up conservative criticism of Romney's gaffe on Wednesday. The Weekly Standard's John McCormack called it "the most idiotic thing a politician has ever said," and Michelle Malkin reacted with the word "Facepalm."

Other pundits like The National Review's Jonah Goldberg lamented that Romney's gaffes seemed to support caricatures of conservatives. At the American Spectator, Aaron Goldstein wrote, "Romney has to stop handing Obama weapons that can be used against him."

Critics also took issue with Romney's reference to Americans' reliance on safety net programs like food stamps, housing vouchers and Medicaid. At Commentary Magazine, Bethany Mandel alleged that the candidate "glorified a system Americans find either insufficient or too far-reaching."

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