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Mitt Romney: 'I Like Being Able to Fire People' - VIDEO


“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”

A poor choice of phrasing for Romney provides an opportunity for Huntsman:

Mr. Romney was making a point that many Republicans agree with — that individuals should be able to have their own insurance, and choose the plan they want.

But the comment was immediately seized on by one of Mr. Romney’s Republican opponents, Jon M. Huntsman Jr., as he spoke to supporters in Concord, N.H.
“It’s become abundantly clear over the last couple of days what differentiates Governor Romney and me,” he said. “I will always put my country first. It seems that Governor Romney believes in putting politics first. Governor Romney enjoys firing people; I enjoy creating jobs.
“It may be that he’s slightly out of touch with the economic reality playing out in America right now, and that’s a dangerous place to be,” he said.


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  1. While I am loathe to defend anything Romney says, twisting what he said in the embedded video into what the thread title implies is kind of beneath what this site is about. There is a world of a difference between liking to fire people and liking to be able to "fire" companies that do not provide good service.

    We regularly complain about others twisting what we say. Let's not get caught up in that same game. There is enough damning stuff coming out of their mouths already, we don't need to manufacture falsehoods and strawmen.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Jan 9, 2012 1:30:43 PM

  2. Could be twisted to say that Mitt is anti-union and against job protections. Even though most states have "at will" employment laws.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jan 9, 2012 1:39:12 PM

  3. Twisted? perhaps most words are. His record shows he is a job killer though and profits (yes present tense) off the destruction of the American Middle Class. He jokes about being unemployed and yet has the audacity to criticize Obama's record when we have actually been adding more private jobs. So whats his asset again besides the buckets of money he has and says people need to run for office?

    Posted by: Redebbm | Jan 10, 2012 12:46:56 AM

  4. Wow.. he's handed the Obama campaign a few nukes already for the general election.. "I like firing people".. "corporations are people too".. Bain capital firing people who struggle just to pay the bills... while he quadruples the size of (one of) his own mansions!

    Here is a guy who is completely out of touch with the average American/poor and middle class!

    Posted by: cmoore | Jan 10, 2012 1:38:37 AM

  5. As GOP presidential contenders go, I kind of like Jon Huntsman, but this twisting and distorting of Mr. Romney's statement is beneath him. Of course we all "like to fire people" who serve us poorly. That is why Harris Teeter competes with Giant competes with Whole Foods. That is what drives progress, reduces prices, and increase quality. I only WISH I could fire my health care insurance company so easily, instead of having to either quit my job or persuade my employer to change its benefit menu. But if you don't "like to fire people" too, just hang out at a Post Office...just don't make the rest of us join us by limiting our right to "fire people."

    Posted by: Kelly Young | Jan 10, 2012 8:08:26 AM

  6. Once again...out of context. He said he wants to fire people he hires to provide a service when they don't provide that service effeciently and in a cost effective way. God damnit with the clips that don't tell the whole story. If you hire someone to cut your grass and they only do a half assed job, are you going to fire them?

    Again, another completely irresponsible post on this website.

    Posted by: BC | Jan 10, 2012 12:49:59 PM

  7. Great ad on mocking "I like being able to fire" quote:

    Posted by: TJ Walker | Jan 10, 2012 12:52:56 PM

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