Multimillionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told employees at a steel fabrication plant in Dubuque, Iowa, that government employees “are making a lot more money than we are.”
“We have to cut back on the scale of the federal government,” Romney said. “And for me that will start by reducing federal employees by 10 percent. You do that through attrition.”
“And then something else that is just as important, and that’s to make sure the people who work for government don’t get better pay and better benefits than people that work in the private sector.”
He added: “The taxpayers shouldn’t have to have money taken out of their pay checks to pay people in government who are our servants who are making a lot more money than we are.”
In June, Romney told a group of unemployed people in Florida that he was “also unemployed.” Returning to Florida in September, the candidate claimed that he was part of the middle class.
Romney is reportedly worth about $250 million dollars.