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Sununu To Reporters: You Guys Know What It's Like To Fear A Pink Slip, Right?

Why Yes, Governor. We do.

Posted on January 9, 2012, at 12:37 p.m. ET

Winslow Townson / AP

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, is applauded by former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, right, and former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg while speaking to customers during a campaign stop at Old Salt Restaurant in Hampton, N.H., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Attention journalists: if you're not already worried about your job security, the former Governor of New Hampshire thinks maybe you should be.

Speaking to a small group of journalists at Mitt Romney's New Hampshire headquarters, John H. Sununu -- a top state Republican -- was defending Romney's line that he knew what it was like to fear losing one's job because "there were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip."

The comment, made at a campaign stop Sunday, has been met with some skepticism by some Romney-watchers who are familiar with the candidate's fast rise and well-documented success as a finance hot shot. Was Romney's job really ever in jeopardy?

Sununu tried to put it in terms his audience could understand.

"Talk to any poor person that's working for a newspaper today, right?" he said, prompting bitter chuckles from the press gathered. "That's the answer!"

He went on: "There's nothing mystical about it. If you're working for printed press today, and somebody says 'uh oh,' then you know what he's talking about. Somebody doesn't have to give him a typed letter saying you should have to worry about this. That's what it is."

As reporters dispersed, Sununu graciously offered, "And don't worry about your own pink slips!"

Thanks, Governor.

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