Riffing on Romney, Carney says Obama concerned about poor

White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama is concerned about all Americans, including the poor, because they were among the ones hit hardest by the recession.

Carney on Wednesday stopped short of responding directly to GOP front-runner Mitt Romney’s comment earlier in the day that he’s “not concerned about the very poor” because they have a safety net.

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But the press secretary said Obama “for himself believes that the recession, the Great Recession, the worst recession since the Great Depression, did harm to Americans of all kinds,” Carney said.

“Middle-class Americans and poor Americans were hit hard by the recession,” Carney continued before adding, “I don’t have anything more on the Republican primary.’