The Huffington Post Elise Foley
Posted: 03/14/2012 3:59 pm
Mitt Romney became testy on Wednesday when discussing his appeal to lower-income voters, quibbling with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly after she said he is struggling with voters who make less than $100,000 per year.
“No, no, no, no — we don’t win a million more votes than anyone else in this race by just appealing to high-income Americans,” he said. “I’ve been able to have support … from Tea Party supporters, men and women … those aren’t all wealthy people.”
Romney, a multi-millionaire, consistently performs better among voters who make more than $100,000 per year than voters in lower income brackets. His personal wealth has caused some awkward moments, including two recent mentions of his friends who own NASCAR and NFL teams — not something the average American can relate to, as Kelly pointed out. Failing to connect with voters “has been a recurring theme” for Romney, she said.
He responded that the Democratic National Committee is attempting to make an issue of his wealth, but that voters would rather have a candidate that knows the economy, including someone successful who can help them to get there.
“Megyn, guess what. I made a lot of money, I’ve been very successful. I’m not going to apologize for that,” he said.
Romney made a jab at his opponents — Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, all of whom served in Congress — by saying only he has real-world experience with the economy.
“I understand the economy not because I’ve debated the economy in a subcommittee of congress, I understand the economy because I’ve lived it,” he said.