“I know these are tough times,” Romney told hundreds who gathered here to see the front-runner in the Republican nomination race. “I’ve learned what it’s like to sign the front of a paycheck, not just the back of a paycheck. And to know how frightening it is to see if you can make payroll at the end of the week. These are experiences that many of you know.”

Romney went on to say that he personally had experienced the same anxiety many Americans have over losing their jobs. “I know what it’s like to worry about whether you’re going to get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered if I was going to get a pink slip,” Romney said, but he didn’t elaborate.