This is a rush transcript from "The Five," February 1, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: Covering primaries is hard. You wake up, turn on the TV, and when you realize you've been sleeping in a department store, you run away. But sometimes, the candidates, they make it easy for you.
After beating Newt, Mitt Romney had this to say.
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MITT ROMNEY, R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm in this race because I care about Americans. I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich. They're doing just fine.
I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.
SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN: I think there are lots of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say that sounds odd. Can you explain that?
ROMNEY: Well, you had to finish the sentence. I said I'm not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net, but if has holes in it, I will repair them.
O'BRIEN: Got it.
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GUTFELD: Well, in context, I get it. He wants to concentrate on those who pay all the taxes, i.e., those who make the safety net possible.
But when it comes to filling the daily news bucket, context is a pain. Thankfully, stuff like, "I like to fire people" or "I'm not concerned about the very poor" makes bucket filling a breeze.
Here's a tweet from the editor of "The Nation," a lefty paper. "Compassionate conservatives sucked into Romney's gilded sewer. Romney says he is 'not concerned about the very poor.'"
Then there's this from Obama's 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina, "So much for 'we're all in this together.'"
See how easy that was?
So, come on, Mitt, can't you make it harder for them? Look, I don't think Mitt has a bad bone in his body, but his flaws are robotic malfunction that prevents from seeing words beyond their basic utility, like Robbie the robot from "Lost in Space," he sees no emotional import in his phrasing, so even when he's right, he sounds wrong.
I don't mind, I'll take the bloodless charm of Calvin Coolidge over Dr. Phil. But at least make Letterman's writers work for their pay. Or don't do interviews before you've truly woken up.
I blame it all on not being able to have caffeine. Being Mormon -- I could not do anything in the morning!
DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: The point that you last made in not doing TV before you've had a chance to wake up, I also don't understand why they are having the candidates do as much TV as they're doing every single day. If you're in a Republican primary, would you have done that interview? Why? Why is it necessary to be on CNN in the morning?
BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: Exactly. That's the thing. You got -- you know, there are so many outlets. You got to pick and choose your outlets. Why would a conservative go on MSNBC or CNN?
ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: Right.
BECKEL: The other thing about -- you know, there are some words in presidential politics particularly that you just tell your candidate, don't say. Never say I'm not concerned about anything. Those words don't exist.
I'm not concerned. No, no, no. Don't say that.
TANTAROS: Or say about the poor.
BECKEL: About the poor, yes.
TANTAROS: That's where they're going to stop the video in the ad.
BECKEL: Because, you know, here's where he's vulnerable on that, he said the safety net but needs fixing, it does need fixing, number one. But number two, he leaves himself so open on this. You ask yourself, they keep saying Newt puts his foot in his mouth. This is a series now with Romney.
PERINO: This reads a lot worse than it sounds.
PERINO: You could take out that sound bite, like when it was first sent to me, I didn't see it on air because I was wasn't watching that show, obviously. But when I read it, I thought, oh, my God. And then when you hear it, it's like OK. It's not out of context.
And I would think that the Obama administration and campaign should be a little more careful because President Obama has a tendency to say things that can be grossly taken out of context as well.
BECKEL: And so do the conservatives who taken them and say, we're getting a little bit lazy, took him completely out of context.
BOLLING: Like Eric did.
GUTFELD: We're all guilty of this in one way or another.
ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: Wait, wait --
TANTAROS: But he makes -- to defend Mitt Romney, OK, so he chose his words poorly, but he's --
BOLLING: What did I take out of context?
BECKEL: When you said the president said Americans are lazy. He was talking about American business overseas.