Newt Gingrich: I Care About Poor People

The former House speaker now wants the public to know how deeply concerned he is about the poor.

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Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich is switching his tune, saying he's now "concerned about the poor," according to CBS News.

A few days after Mitt Romney stuck his foot in his mouth by saying he's "not concerned about poor people," Gingrich, who has criticized the poor more than any Republican candidate, is now playing politics and hoping that we forget about his past statements.

"I really believe that we should care about the very poor, unlike Governor Romney," said Gingrich at a campaign stop earlier this week. "But I believe we should care differently than Barack Obama."

He continued saying that the poor need someone to lift them up.

"What the poor need is a trampoline so that they can spring up," said Gingrich. "So I'm for replacing the safety net with a trampoline."

This is pathetic: Weeks after criticizing the poor mercilessly, Gingrich now says he cares about them. The fact is, there hasn't been one Republican candidate who has been focused on helping those living in poverty earn a paycheck or improve their standard of living.

Read more at CBS News.

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