Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Perry ripped into Mitt Romney on Monday after the former Massachusetts governor told voters in New Hampshire that he knows what it's like to worry about getting a pink slip.
Perry, campaigning in South Carolina, cast Romney as an out-of-touch corporate raider with a long record of hurting workers.
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"I had to shake my head yesterday when one of the wealthiest men I suppose has ever run for the presidency of the United States, the son of a multimillionaire, Mitt Romney, he said 'I know what it's like to worry about whether you're going to get fired. There were a couple times when I worried about whether I was going to get a pink slip.' He actually said this," the Texas governor said at a campaign stop in Anderson.
"I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips, whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company Bain Capital with all the jobs that they killed, I'm sure he was worried that he'd run out of pink slips," he continued.
Perry brought Bain Capital's takeover efforts home to South Carolina, saying that Bain "looted" a photo company in nearby Gaffney and a steel company further downstate in Georgetown.
"There is nothing wrong with being successful and making money," Perry continued. "There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I happen to think that is indefensible. If you're a victim of Bain Capital's downsizing, it's the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain because he caused it."
The Romney campaign fired back, accusing Perry of sounding like a Democrat by "running against the private sector."
Romney was not the only target of Perry's sharp rhetoric on Monday.
At a luncheon with business leaders in Greenville, Perry attacked the Obama administration for suing to block a controversial immigration law recently enacted here, and he chided the National Labor Relations Board for intervening in the construction of a controversial Boeing Dreamliner facility in Charleston.
"South Carolina, you are in a state of war with the federal government," Perry said.