Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN) - Democrats and Republicans are seizing on a comment Mitt Romney made about worrying he could get a "pink slip" at work.
The GOP presidential candidate made the comment Sunday during a rally in Rochester, New Hampshire, while emphasizing his experience in the private sector.
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"I've learned what it's like to sign the front of a paycheck, not just the back of a paycheck, and to know how frightening it is to see if you can make payroll at the end of the week," he said.
"I know what it's like to worry about whether you're going to get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered if I was going to get a pink slip," Romney added.
Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul addressed the candidate's remarks in a statement.
"Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney has spent 25 years in the real world economy," Saul wrote. "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. That's the way it is in the private sector."
A Romney aide could not immediately say at what point in his career the candidate feared being fired.
Campaign estimates put the candidate's personal wealth at around $200 million.
A spokesman for GOP rival Jon Huntsman released a statement Sunday calling the comment "absurd."
Meanwhile Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse took to Twitter to poke fun at Romney.
"I'm really worried about those bald tires on my limo," he tweeted.
–CNN's Jim Acosta contributed to this report.
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If I was to choose a Repub. president, after watching the last few debates, I would choose Jon Huntsman. He's the one with the most class and good sense. I really think he would be reasonable and do his best to keep politics out of his decisions. Lord only knows, the country needs someone like that!!! Everyone should seriously consider him......take a look at the body language.
Fired by the mormon elders or from whom?
His fear of getting fired is similar to his comment on the stump: "I'm unemployed too...." Sheeesh!! Disingenuous at best..... In his youth, Big Daddy would certainly have bailed him out – as I'm sure he knew. The "risks" from unemployment for Mitt were..... nonexistent...... Pass the caviar, please.....
Please. His father and uncle were connected, and I'm sure that even if he had been a screw-up, they would have taken care of him.