Huntsman Camp Responds to Romney’s Remarks

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Huntsman Campaign Senior Strategist John Weaver Responds to Mitt Romney’s Latest Campaign Gaffe

“Today, Mitt Romney reminded voters why he’s one of the weakest frontrunners in presidential history. ‘I like being able to fire people’ doesn’t exactly scream electability. History shows that nominating a gaffe-prone, out-of-touch, flip-flopping, inauthentic candidate is a losing strategy. Yet, John Kerry’s legacy lives on with Mitt Romney. Voters are looking for someone they can trust. That’s Jon Huntsman, not Mitt Romney.” – John Weaver, January 9, 2012


During His 2012 Campaign, Mitt Romney Has Repeatedly Made Out Of Touch Comments And Gaffes:

At A June Campaign Stop, Romney Struggled To Find A Non-$100 Bill In His Wallet. “At one table, a boy offered Romney a $1 bill that he had folded origami-style for good luck. The candidate happily accepted it, but then rifled through his wallet looking for money to give the boy in return. Romney had a $100 bill, but evidently did not want to give that away. An aide handed him a $1 bill, but Romney said that wasn’t enough.” (Philip Rucker, “Romney Sharpens Attack On Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations,” The Washington Post, 6/21/11)

At A June Campaign Stop, Romney Told A Group Of Unemployed Floridians That He Was “Also Unemployed.” “Mitt Romney sat at the head of the table at a coffee shop here on Thursday, listening to a group of unemployed Floridians explain the challenges of looking for work. When they finished, he weighed in with a predicament of his own. ‘I should tell my story,’ Mr. Romney said. ‘I’m also unemployed.’” (Jeff Zeleny, “Romney: ‘I’m Also Unemployed’,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus” Blog, 6/16/11)

At An August Campaign Stop, Romney Declared That “Corporations Are People Too.” “Mitt Romney told an Iowa crowd on Thursday that the country should not raise taxes to shore up Medicare and Social Security because ‘corporations are people’ too. Responding to a question from an audience member as to why Social Security should be included in deficit talks when it doesn’t add to the deficit, Romney drifted into a defense of corporate rights. ‘Corporations are people, my friend,’ he said. ‘Of course they are.’” (Benjy Sarlin, “Romney: ‘Corporations Are People, My Friend’,” Talking Points Memo Blog, 8/11/11)

In A December Debate, Romney Unsuccessfully Tried To Challenge Gov. Perry To A $10,000 Bet. “In a moment during Saturday’s GOP debate in Iowa that The Fix’s Chris Cillizza called a ‘rare but likely costly unforced error,’ former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney challenged Texas Gov. Rick Perry to a $10,000 bet on Romney’s position on the individual mandate in the nation’s new health insurance law.” (Matt DeLong, “Mitt Romney Challenges Rick Perry To $10,000 Bet In GOP Debate,” The Washington Post’s “Election 2012” Blog, 12/11/11)

Yesterday, Romney Claimed That Individuals Should Not Become Involved In Politics Unless They Are Independently Wealthy. “Mitt Romney recounted some advice from his father, former presidential candidate George Romney, in Sunday’s NBC/Facebook debate about running for office: make sure you’re set for cash already. ‘I happened to see my dad run for governor when he was 54 years old,’ Romney said. ‘He had good advice to me. He said never get involved in politics if you have to win election to pay a mortgage. If you find yourself in a position when you can serve, you ought to have a responsibility to do so if you think you can make a difference, and don’t get involved in politics when your kids are still young because it may turn their heads.’” (Benjy Sarlin, “Mitt Romney: Don’t Run For Office If You Need The Salary,” Talking Points Memo Blog, 1/8/12)

Yesterday, Romney Claimed He Knew “What It’s Like To Worry Whether You’re Going To Get Fired,” But Provided No Evidence To Verify That Claim. “Mitt Romney told a New Hampshire crowd on Sunday afternoon that he knew what it was like to fear a pink slip — but so far, his campaign has not been able to provide any examples of a time when Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who spent more than two decades in the private sector, truly feared for his job. ‘I know what it’s like to worry whether you’re going to get fired,’ Mr. Romney said. ‘There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.’” (Ashley Parker, “Romney’s Fear Of Firing, Minus The Details,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus” Blog, 1/8/12)

Romney Today: “I Like Being Able To Fire People Who Provide Services To Me.” “The difficult truth about political ads is that context often doesn’t matter – and on Monday Romney uttered a line that he will likely come to regret by November if he wins the Republican nomination for president. … ‘It also means that if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know if someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I want to say, you know, I’m going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.’” (Maeve Reston, “Romney Gives Foes A Gift With ‘I Like To Fire People’ Remark,” Los Angeles Times’ “Politics Now” Blog, 1/9/12)

Today, Romney Claimed He Had Started “At The Bottom Level And Was Able Over The Years To Work My Way Up” At Bain. “‘I think some people imagined, by the way, that I just went directly to the top position in industry and in business, that I started off as vice chairman or chairman or CEO of Bain,’ Romney said Monday morning, speaking to a friendly audience at the local Chamber of Commerce in Nashua. On the contrary, Romney said, he started ‘at the bottom level and was able over the years to work my way up, learned some lessons along the way, saw some successes and some failure and that meant it was an extraordinary experience.’” (Reid J. Epstein and Jim VandeHei, “The Bain Bomb,” Politico, 1/9/12)

REALITY CHECK: Mitt Romney Was Promoted To Vice President Of Bain & Co. After ONE YEAR With The Company. (John B. Judis, “Stormin’ Mormon,” The New Republic, 11/7/94; Tom Benner, “Pageantry, Prayers As Romney Takes Over,” The Patriot Ledger, 1/2/03)

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