“We have to lift people out of poverty,” he said. “We’re an abundant nation, we have the resources and the capacity intellectually, mentally, financially to lift people out of poverty.”
This stands in stark contrast to his infamous dismissal of “47 percent” of the population as people he didn’t worry about because his “job is not to worry about those people — I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
That was the tone of his entire campaign in 2012, suggesting that somehow only those with no ambition are trapped in poverty. He supported the Ryan budget proposals which would have made deep cuts in all safety net programs for the poor, from SNAP benefits and Medicaid to Social Security and Medicare.
But that was the old Mitt. The new Mitt wants to stand up for the middle class and the poor. He wants to fight income inequality and stagnating wages which have decimated the middle class and driven more people into poverty.
“It’s a tragedy, a human tragedy, that the middle class in this country by and large doesn’t believe that the future will be better than the past,” he said. “We haven’t seen rising incomes over decades.”
Of course that is not true for all Americans, Mitt is among those whose income has risen steadily during those decades.
He went on to say that Lyndon Johnson’s “heart was in the right place but his policies didn’t work” before suggesting that somehow President Obama has personally driven more people into poverty than ever before and made the rich richer.
“The only policies that will reach into the hearts of the American people and pull people out of poverty and break the cycle of poverty are Republican principles, conservative principles,” he said.
As Romney positions himself for a third run for president he wants the American people to forget that he has told us in the past that he doesn’t worry about the very poor because “we have a safety net there,” and that it should be obvious to anyone that corporations are actually people and that “everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people.”
Watch as Mitt portrays himself as a champion of the poor in the video below from C-SPAN.