Campaigning at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. on Monday, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney got into it with a student who equated “freedom” and “happiness” with getting “free” stuff (such as birth control) from the government.

Watch the confrontation via YouTube:

“You’re all for like ‘yay freedom and all this stuff and yay pursuit of happiness,’” the student said. “You know what would make me happy? Free birth control.”

Wait, true freedom and happiness can be, “like,”  found in taxpayer-funded government handouts?

Huh. Whoda’ thunk?

“Let me tell you something, if you’re looking for free stuff that you don’t have to pay for, vote for the other guy,” Romney responded, “That’s what he’s all about.”

“Politicians get up and promise you all kinds of free stuff, more and more stuff that you won’t have to pay for and you know what? We get elected that way, in many cases, politicians do, that’s not something I subscribe to,” he added.

Romney went on to say that “sacrifices” would have to be made by everyone.

“The idea that of borrowing a trillion dollars more than we bring in is not just bad economics, it’s immoral,” Romney said to the crowd.

(H/T: Charlie Spiering, The Washington Examiner)