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)

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.”