The governor paraphrased a famous saying by Martin Niemoller, a German Protestant pastor....
'We shouldn't be allowing candidates to attack people in business,' he said. 'We should be saying, gosh, that's us.'
Scott then paraphrased the Niemoller saying, which he has on a plaque in his office.
'We've got to defend the freedom of the free market,' he said after paraphrasing the quote. 'If we don't defend the free market, they'll pick on somebody. Now they're picking on Bain Capital, then they'll pick on somebody else.'
Bain Capital is the private equity firm founded by Romney.
Scott later told reporters he used the Niemoller quote to say that capitalism should always be defended.
'I have the quote in my office, and the reason is I have it is, we all have to think about watch(ing) what's going on out there,' Scott said.
'Look at what's happening in our society,' he added. 'I believe the free market is good for families. And I believe we should defend the free market. When you see somebody being attacked because they believe in the American Dream, we need to go out and say, gosh I would like to live the American Dream. All of us would like to live that American Dream.'
Press secretary Lane Wright further clarified the governor's remarks.
'He's making a point, not an exact comparison,' Wright said. 'The quote illustrates a principle: Stand up for what's right. If you don't, no one else will. It would be reading too much into it to think he is comparing to the Holocaust.'
Or, in other words, 'If you're attacking capitalism, who's next?' Wright said.