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Democrats pounce on Romney's Tampa joke



Amid a three-day private fundraising tour through Florida, Romney invited the TV cameras to the Buddy Brew coffee house in South Tampa Thursday morning. He chatted with eight Floridians who recounted their their lengthy and sometimes painful struggles to find decent, stable jobs.

"I should also tell my story - I'm also unemployed,'' Romney quipped.

"Are you on Linkedin?,'' one man asked.

"I am actually, and I'm networking,''  the venture capitalist-turned presidential candidate worth around $200-million responded with a chuckle. "But I have my sight on a particular job. I know exactly what I'm aiming for."

The unemployed Floridians laughed at his comments. And Democrats jumped on them as seriously out of touch insensitity.

"This comment shows that Mitt Romney – a man who wants for nothing and whose only occupation for more than four years has been to run for President - is incredibly out of touch with what’s going on in our country and around the dinner tables of those who are out of work," said DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Being unemployed, Mr. Romney, is not a joke – not to my constituents in Florida or to millions of Americans across the country. Folks in my home state and across the country, who are struggling every day to make ends meet, do not need someone making light of their situation. Equating his run for the presidency with the difficulties of these honest hard-working Americans is shocking and is a reflection of his inability to comprehend the struggles of the American people.”


[Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 3:03pm]


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