Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 06/16/2012

Mitt Romney comment: a slip or a quip?

WEATHERLY, Pa. — It might have been just a slip of the tongue. Or perhaps something more calculated. Regardless, though, Mitt Romney made his point.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney campaigning in New Hampshire on Friday. (Joe Raedle - GETTY IMAGES)
It happened when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee launched into his practiced spiel about how he thinks President Obama is well-meaning but ill-equipped to fix the economy because he’s never worked in the private sector.

Then came Romney’s slip-turned-quip.

“He, upon becoming governor — excuse me, president,” Romney said. “Governor might have been a better job for him to have started with.”

At that, a few hundred supporters burst into applause.

”I say that because I actually think you learn from experience,” said Romney, himself a former governor. “I think it helps to have been in business before you actually start to run something in government.”

Romney’s bottom line: “It helps to start perhaps a little lower-level before you become president.”

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