The republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, continues to face a slew of questions regarding his vast wealth.
With a net worth of over $200 million, the former Massachusetts governor has been ridiculed throughout his campaign for his inability to relate to many Americans who are currently struggling.
In an interview broadcast on Thursday, Fox’s Bill Hemmer asked the GOPer and his wife, Ann, about their immense wealth.
“Back to the connection [with the voters’] aspect of this. There will be people...who will look at you and just say, ‘successful rich guy,’” Hemmer put to him.
In response, Romney likened himself to two of the most iconic presidents in history.
“Like FDR and John F. Kennedy,” Romney responded, “There have been plenty of people.”
JFK’s father was one of the wealthiest men in America and was the first chairman of the SEC. Almost all of his income came from a trust he shared with other family members.
“This is not a nation that divides people based on whether they’ve been successful or not. We don’t say, ‘Oh, boy, this person won the lottery and therefore they can’t understand me.’ We instead look at people and celebrate their success and their achievements, and we look for people who have the skills we think will make our lives better,” Romney added.
“What I find is that the statistics understate the kind of pain and insecurity that exists in America’s homes. I see many people who may be employed but are very concerned that they could lose their job at any time.”
Ann Romney added that her husband’s work ethic had helped him achieve success.
“He’s the hardest working person I’ve ever met, besides his father, George Romney, who was a crazy man,” she said.
Meanwhile on Thursday, former first lady Nancy Reagan endorsed Mitt Romney for November’s presidential race.
The widow of President Ronald Reagan said that her “Ronnie” would have liked Romney’s business background and his "strong principles."
Reagan (90) served lemonade and cookies to Mitt Romney and his wife when they visited her LA home.
Later, Nancy Reagan issued a statement which read.
“Mitt and Ann Romney joined me at my home this afternoon for some lemonade and cookies and I offered my firm endorsement of his campaign for President. Although I know he will not be the official nominee of the Republican Party until August in Tampa, Florida, I am thrilled that after Tuesday’s primary he is the clear choice, having won the magic number of 1,144 convention delegates.”
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