November 7th, 2008
09:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney: Obama must be 'educator-in-chief'

Mitt Romney supported fellow Republican Sen. John McCain; now Romney has some advice for President-elect Obama.
Mitt Romney supported fellow Republican Sen. John McCain; now Romney has some advice for President-elect Obama.

NEW YORK (Fortune) - Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and co-founder of private equity firm Bain Capital, is often mentioned as a GOP contender for 2012. He spoke with Fortune's Jia Lynn Yang.

Any management advice for the next president? How does he rally a depressed nation to meet the challenges we face?

He should forget entirely about reelection and focus solely on helping the nation at a critical time. He should dismiss the people who helped him win the election and bring in people who are above politics and above party. He should surround himself with statesmen and economists, businesspeople and leaders. In some ways it would be beneficial if our presidency consisted of only one term. That way the President would think about his legacy and the future of the country rather than reelection and partisanship.

How likely do you think that's going to happen?

In his second term, President Clinton made an effort to govern more from the center than from the extreme wing of his party, and by doing so, found greater support and greater political success. Perhaps it's a paradox, the less political the agenda, the more political success one enjoys. But now is not the time for partisanship opportunism.

The unions have helped Barack Obama. They will hope to be paid back. I'm particularly concerned that organized labor would call on Barack Obama to pass the card check program. This removes from American workers the right to the secret ballot in deciding whether or not to accept a union. This legislation would do more to harm America's long-term competitiveness than almost anything I can imagine. It would be a partisan payback for organized labor but it would come with devastating consequences for the nation.

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  1. Anonymous

    Hey Andy! If you are stating a quote you need to at least spell it right. Your comment referring about the woman stating that if Obama was elected President that police officers couldn't right black people tickets the correct spelling is write not right. One thing about Obama supporters is we are educated and know how to spell.

    November 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Frank G

    ALL OF YOU:
    GET A LIFE – GO VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME TO AN ORGANIZATION OF YOUR CHOOSING THAT NEEDS HELP; WORK WITH UNDER EDUCATED YOUTHS; HELP ELDERLY IN NEED AND STOP ALREADY WITH YOUR COMMENTARY. REDIRECT YOUR RESPECTIVE ENERGIES INTO SOMETHING USEFUL IF YOU TRULY WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN SOMETHING USEFUL TO AMERICANS RATHER THAN ALL THIS COMMENTARY. THE ELECTION IS OVER.

    November 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Willa

    I would have hoped that Romney's reference to an "educator' in chief would be about the opportunity that a president has to enlighten politicians in Washington about our Constitution, about moral values and about the importance of personal integrity, common decency and hard work.
    Instead, it appears it's Romney who has appointed himself the 'educator" by instructing our president elect on matters surrounding Mitt Romney's own self serving agendas, such as the virtues of mere four year terms and the dangers of too much partisanship or labor unions.

    November 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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