WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney said he didn't see his personal wealth as a drawback in the U.S. presidential race and did not think the voters would either.
Romney told ABC News in an interview airing Monday that Americans were not class-conscious and would not select a president based on his or her bank book.
"We don't divide America based upon success and wealth and other dimensions of that nature," said Romney. "We are one nation under God …. This is a time when people of different backgrounds and different experiences need to come together."
Romney, the likely Republican presidential nominee, reiterated his view that President Obama had not done much for the working class while in office anyway because his policies had not gotten the economy moving. "They have not helped get jobs, they have not helped raise incomes and they've added trillions of dollars of debt," he said.
Romney said Democratic needling about his upper-class upbringing and success in the financial world was an attempt to distract voters from Obama's dismal record. "He's going to try to make this campaign about the fact that I've been successful, that I've made a lot of money," he said.
Romney, who is virtually assured of winning the Republican nomination, said he was beginning the search for a running mate and predicted a victory over Obama in November. His message to the current White House residents was, "Start packing."