- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2015

President Obama’s attempted sideswipe at Mitt Romney on poverty didn’t go so well, after the former Massachusetts governor issued a speedy reply via Twitter that reminded of the current administration’s record and the dismal economic times.

First, Mr. Obama, speaking at a Democratic retreat in Philadelphia, brought up Mr. Romney’s recent remarks about the need to address poverty, the stalled economic state of the middle class and the sluggish U.S. job situation.

He said, somewhat sarcastically, that a “former presidential candidate [is] suddenly deeply concerned about poverty,” The Blaze reported, citing the pool report. “That’s great. Let’s do something about it.”

And Mr. Romney’s quick response?

“Mr. Obama, wonder why my concern about poverty? The record number of poor in your term, and your record of failure to remedy,” he tweeted.

Mr. Obama has been dubbed the “food stamp president” in conservative circles for the uptick in the number of recipients of this government subsidy under his two administrations. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, for instance, was one of the most vocal critics of Mr. Obama’s food stamp numbers.

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