Romney notes privileged childhood

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Posted: Dec 10, 2011 10:48 PM
Romney notes privileged childhood

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney noted his privileged background during Saturday's debate in Iowa, but said he grew up appreciating hard work because of his parents' influence.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, grew up the son of an automotive CEO and Michigan governor, who rose up from childhood poverty.

"I didn't grow up poor," Romney said. "But I grew up with a dad who had been poor and my dad wanted to make sure I understood the lessons of hard work."

Quite the opposite, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann noted her parents' divorce when she was an adolescent, and remembered her mother's struggle to make ends meet.

"We went to below poverty overnight. I know what it's like for single moms to struggle," Bachmann said. "We're still coupon clippers today."