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Romney: You Wouldn’t Say a Lotto Winner Couldn’t Understand American People

Mitt Romney may be affluent, but he doesn’t see any reason to believe that makes him out-of-touch with the concerns of less wealthy Americans.

“We don’t say, oh, boy, this person won the lottery and therefore they can’t understand me or — we instead look at people and celebrate their success and their achievement and we look for people who have the skills we think will make our lives better,” Romney told Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom in an interview set to air tomorrow morning. 

Asked about what he was like as a boss, Romney rejected the idea that he had viewed himself that way.

“I didn’t see myself as a boss,” he responded. “I saw myself as someone that would help organize extraordinary people. And the people that worked at the firm I worked in were exceptionally bright, highly motivated with extraordinary insights, a number of them better than I on a series of dimensions.”

“And I wasn’t always the highest compensated,” he added. “I was the guy that set the compensation, but I paid other people more than I paid myself because I thought they were doing a better job.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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