RENO, Nev. (AP) — Mitt Romney says he misspoke when he said he was not very concerned about poor people.

In an interview Thursday with Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, Romney said his comments were an accidental “misstatement” of a position that he’s repeated throughout his presidential campaign.

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The front-runner in the GOP nomination race said Wednesday in a CNN interview that he was “not very concerned about the very poor” because they have an “ample safety net.”

Romney has repeatedly said he’s focused primarily on helping middle-class Americans hurt by the bad economy.

Romney now says that he gives “thousands of interviews” and that he simply got it wrong.

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