Mitt Romney Of 2004 Mocked John Kerry For His Wealth [video]

In the world of presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and John Kerry rank among the richest.

Romney at Values Voter Summit.

In the world of presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and John Kerry rank among the richest.

Romney could be worth as much as $250 million, and Kerry -- whose 2004 bid against President George W. Bush failed at least in part because he was seen as an out-of-touch rich guy -- could be worth slightly more: $282 million.

So it’s curious why Romney decided, when he took the stage at a 2004 meeting of the Republican Governors Assn., to mock Kerry for his wealth.

"There’s a senator from my state, you may have heard, that wants to get elected president," Romney said, according to a videotape unearthed by Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski. "And I don’t know why he wants to do that because, of course, if he won, he’d have to move into a smaller house."

The clip has emerged as Romney plans a massive remodel of his La Jolla, Calif., mansion, a beach home currently valued at around $12 million.

The 3,000-square-foot house will be turned into a mega-mansion, complete with an elevator for Romney’s cars and a 3,600-square-foot basement, according to 2008 plans obtained by Politico.