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TV host Behar jokes that she wants to see Romney's 'house burn'

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File: July 28, 2010: President Barack Obama appears on the ABC's television show "The View."AP

TV personality Joy Behar is attacking Mitt Romney for disagreeing with President Obama’s recent call to hire more firemen and other public-sector workers, saying she would like to see one of his homes catch fire.

“I’d like to see his house burn, one of his millions of houses burning down,” said Behar, a co-host on ABC’s “The View” daytime talk show, in an interview with the website Mediaite. “Who's he going to call, the Mormon fire patrol?”

The president said Friday that the private sector was “doing fine” but local governments need to help the stagnant economy by hiring more teachers, firemen and other public-sector workers.

Romney, the GOP presidential candidate, responded by saying, “He wants to hire more government workers.

“He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

Behar, recently hired to work on Al Gore’s cable TV station Current, is a former school teacher who reportedly got started in show biz in the 1980s as a standup comic.

She has often spars on “The View” with Elizabeth Hasselbeck, the show’s only conservative co-host.

“You know what I mean?,” Behar continued during her interview with Mediaite. “Come on. What am I supposed to do if my apartment gets caught on fire? Am I gonna call Mitt Romney to come and put it out? See what I mean?"