Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) got into a heated back-and-forth at a campaign event Thursday with a man who asked him what he would do to support America’s bottom “99 percent” of income earners.
Below is a transcript of the exchange, video of which was circulated by the Romney campaign Thursday evening.
MAN: “What will you do to support the 99 percent seeing as how you are part of the one percent?”
ROMNEY: “Let me tell you something. America is a great nation because we’re united. And those who’re trying to divide the nation, as you’re trying to do here and as our president’s doing, are hurting this country seriously. The right course for America is not to divide America and try to divide us between one and another; it’s to come together as a nation. And if you’ve got a better model – if you think China’s better, or Russia’s better, or Cuba’s better, or North Korea’s better – I’m glad to hear all about it. America’s right and you’re wrong.”
That Romney’s camp is circulating the video is a sign his team is confident the exchange shows the candidate in a favorable light.
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