Mitt Romney doesn’t care about poor people? WRONG!

In the 24 hour news cycle, the story of the day has been Mitt’s comments to CNN in the early morning after his Florida win. While I think even the most ardent Romney fan would admit that this could and should have (and will be) phrased more adeptly, the liberals have taken and run with the partial quote that he’s “not concerned with the very poor” … It looks worse in print that in the context of the interview:

Mitt cares deeply about the poor, and his actions speak louder than words. How many “journalists” have bothered to mention that Mitt has given over $7,000,000 (SEVEN FREAKING MILLION!) to charitable organizations in just the last two years? Records from before then show the Romney’s consistent giving millions upon millions to organizations that care for the poor. By contrast, Joe Biden gave only $3690 to charity in an entire decade … that’s PROOF of someone that doesn’t care about the poor. From 2001-4, the Obamas made nearly a million dollars, but donated LESS THAN 1% of that income to charity.

Or what about when Mitt gave cash out of his pocket to the lady in South Carolina who said God guided her to follow Romney’s campaign bus to find help to keep her lights on? The EXACT SAME CNN REPORTER (Soledad) even reported about that a couple of weeks ago … does she have no memory?

Mitt doesn’t care about poor people? Demonstrably false and easy to debunk (and this is without even delving into fact that Mitt, as a Mormon Bishop for several years, dedicated much of his time to caring for the poor in a very “hands on” fashion). If Obama and team push this theme it will come back to bite them. Mitt’s done more to care for the poor than any snarky reporter or any of his political rivals.

Recall Vic’s post from a couple days back that highlighted Romney’s life of service and included the following YouTube:

Additionally, Brit Hume on Fox News today adroitly argued that anyone who wants to “make hay” or be offended by this out-of-context quote wouldn’t be voting for a GOP candidate anyways. I’d have to agree.

Romney Announces Puerto Rico Campaign Committee, Chairwoman Zoraida Fonalledas

Aerial view of the beautiful port at Ponce, Puerto Rico, on the Caribbean Sea... Gov Mitt Romney announced his Puerto Rico Campaign Committee today. 9/21/11

More big news today! The organization of the Romney campaign is something to behold…

Mitt Romney has been busy organizing his campaign in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced his Puerto Rico Campaign Committee, including Republican National Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas who will serve as Chairwoman of the campaign in Puerto Rico.

I am proud to announce my Puerto Rico Campaign Committee,” said Mitt Romney. “Around the world, the United States has helped plant the seeds of democracy. Meanwhile, close to four million American citizens in Puerto Rico do not enjoy the same rights and privileges of democracy as their other fellow citizens. In Washington today, a lack of leadership in the White House is paralyzing significant progress on too many issues. As president, I will provide the leadership and resources necessary to ensure that this century-old question is resolved. As I’ve said in the past, by working with Congress, we can grant Puerto Ricans the opportunity to determine their future political status. Only in this way can we close the book on Puerto Rico’s political limbo and one of the great unresolved questions of American democracy.”

Announcing her support, Republican National Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas said, “Puerto Rican voters are looking for the candidate who is ready to turn around our struggling economy – as a businessman and governor, Mitt Romney was able to do just that. Of all the candidates, he has the most experience working in the real economy. That experience will be needed in our next president to grow the economy and create jobs.”

(emphasis added)

Mitt Romney’s Puerto Rico Campaign Committee:

· Zoraida F. Fonalledas: National Committeewoman – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Mario Gaztambide: Treasurer – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Héctor Ramos: Legal Counsel Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Hon. José Torres Zamora: State Legislator – Chair, House Republican Caucus
· Hon. Vanessa Viera: Deputy Secretary Of The State Department Of Puerto Rico
· Hon. Luis Gerardo Rivera Marín: Secretary Of The Department Of Consumer Affairs – Deputy Legal Counsel – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Gloria Escudero: President – National Federation Of Republican Women – Puerto Rico Chapter
· Luis Carlos Maldonado: President – Federation Of Municipal Legislators
· Jorge San Miguel: Deputy Director For Federal Affairs – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Andrés Guillemard, Sr.: President: Lone Star Insurance Producers, Inc.
· Antonio Hernández: Deputy Legal Counsel – Republican Party Of Puerto Rico
· Eduardo Emanuelli: Insurance Broker – Carrion, Laffitte & Casellas Insurance Company

What an impressive team!

► Jayde Wyatt