I happened to catch this quite by accident this morning, but did Matt Lauer make a fool of himself here or what? And although I’m not a Romney fan, he did handle this very well and put the smack on the Emperor and his court jester, Matt Lauer.
NBC Transcript (slightly improved)
Lauer: Let me ask you about the choice of words last night when you said with we already have a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. I’m curious about the word envy. Did you suggest that anyone who questions the policies and practices of wall street and financial institutions , anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and power in this country is envious? Is it about jealousy or fairness?
Romney: You know, i think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare . When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing america based on 99% versus 1% and those people who have been most successful are in the 1% you have opened up a wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under god. i believe in the final analysis , the american people with will reject it.
Lauer: Aren’t there questions about the distribution of wealth without it being seen as envy?
Romney: I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and tax policy and the like. but the president made it part of his campaign rally. everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires, billionaires, executives and wall street . it’s an envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach and i think it will fail.