Mitt Romney has said that people taking home $250,000 (£154,000) are "middle income", as the Presidential candidate blasted the Federal Reserve's latest attempt to kickstart the economy by printing more money.
The Republican nominee was defending his policies on stimulating growth in the US, when he said he wouldn't raise taxes on "middle-income people".
"We can get to a balanced budget without raising taxes on middle income people," Mr Romney told ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who then asked the Massachusetts Governor if he considered someone earning $100,000 as being "middle income".
"No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less," Mr Romney replied.
With the average salary at $39,959, according to the Social Security Administration, the comments are likely to anger an American public grappling with an unemployment rate of 8.1pc.
Mr Romney, who co-founded Bain Capital and is estimated to be worth $200m, said a cornerstone of his efforts to get a "balanced budget" in the US is to get more people to pay tax.