(CNN) - What started as a debate on immigration turned into a bit of a class war between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at Wednesday's Republican CNN/YouTube debate.
Huckabee was asked a question about a program he proposed in Arkansas while governor that would have allowed children of illegal immigrants to qualify for certain academic college scholarships.
"Mike, that's not your money," said Romney. "That's the taxpayers' money."
Huckabee quickly answered saying, "You know something, I worked my way through college. I'm standing here on this stage because I got an education. If I hadn't had the education, I wouldn't be standing on this stage. I might be picking lettuce."
"In all due respect, we're a better country than to punish children for what their parents did," Huckabee continued. "We're a better country than that."
Huckabee's reponse could also be interpreted as a veiled attack on Romney's own upbringing; his father was former auto industry titan and Michigan Gov. George Romney.
- CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai