(ROCHESTER, N.H.) — Mitt Romney attempted his own version of an “I feel your pain” moment at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Sunday, telling a crowd that like so many Americans he too has worried about getting fired.
“I know what it’s like to worry about whether or not you are going to get fired,” Romney said. “There are times when I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.”
The former Massachusetts governor, whose net worth is estimated to be in the range of $200 million, did not offer an example of one of those times, but Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul issued a statement.
“Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney has spent 25 years in the real world economy. As a young person just out of college, he worked his way up the career ladder knowing that his continued employment was by no means guaranteed,” Saul said. “That’s the way it is in the private sector.”
Romney made the comments while explaining how his experience as a businessman sets himself apart from President Obama.
“I care very deeply about the American people, and it frightens me to see a president who has made so many mistakes when so many people were hurting so badly,” Romney said.
His remarks come on the same day that Romney said at an NBC News-Facebook presidential debate that his father offered him advice on getting into politics.
“He said, ‘Mitt, never get involved in politics if you have to win an election to pay a mortgage.’”
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