Paul defends Romney 'fire' comment, history at Bain
January 10th, 2012
03:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul defends Romney 'fire' comment, history at Bain

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Ron Paul defended rival Mitt Romney Tuesday over his Monday comment that he likes having the ability to "fire people."

Texas Rep. Paul said the Republicans who are taking aim at the former Massachusetts governor over the comment are "unfairly attacking" the candidate.

"I think this is just typical politics and they're unfairly attacking him on that issue," Paul said outside a polling place at Webster School in Manchester. "He never literally said what they say he said. They're taking him way out of context."

In a speech to the Nashua Chamber of Commerce Monday, Romney said he wanted Americans to be able to switch insurance companies if they were unhappy with their service.

"I like being able to fire people who provide services to me," he said. "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.'"

Paul also said Romney's history as CEO at Bain Capital, over which he has received criticism, is an example of the free market.

"You save companies, you save jobs when you reorganize companies that are going to go bankrupt," Paul said. "They don't understand."

While Romney touts his job creating past, he has increasingly come under attack for his private sector experience, with critics suggesting thousands lost jobs while he was at the helm of the venture capital company.

White House hopeful and Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently chastised Romney over the two topics while he campaigns in South Carolina.

However, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also said Tuesday he believed Romney's comments are being misconstrued.

"His comment yesterday about liking firing people, as soon as I saw the whole quote I said it's not fair to take it out of context, he clearly was talking about the right to choose between service providers," Gingrich told reporters in Bedford, New Hampshire. "He wasn't talking about actually firing people per se."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Ron Paul
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Eric

    Sounds like Paul is looking for a VP running mate meal ticket!

    January 10, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Brett

    Ron Paul isn't ever going to be politically expedient. He could have thrown Romney under the bus. Yet he said what he believes, even if it isn't what people would expect.

    January 10, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. kayla

    what about when mitt took obama's word out of context? double standard i call that.

    January 10, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. anonoped

    Dana Bash practicing yellow journalism.

    Instead of attacking Ron Paul she smears him with an apologists view for her preferred candidate. She needs to be fired and her managers need to be demoted. She's not objective and is actively spreading propaganda.

    150 years ago, tar and feathers
    300 years ago. Look to the French.

    When journalists give up or sell their Fourth Estate responsibilities they damage the country and must be held accountable for their actions.

    January 10, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Sadly, Ron Paul showed a remarkable lack of intellectual ability in defending Romney's record at Bain. Paul obviously doesn't have his facts straight, as he assumed (as some of our resident extreme right radicals do here) they were "failing" companies. That's not what Bain and vulture capitalism is all about. They strip assets to sell off, then offload the pensions (the ones they raided beforehand) onto the US taxpayer via the Pension Guaranty system. Romney is a psychopathic predator who preyed up workers, businesses and the US taxpayer, It is stunning that Ron Paul is not aware of these well-known facts about Bain's business model.

    January 10, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Gurgi

    @common, unfortunately that is the reality the liberals don't like. They want to keep people "down" and dependent on the government dole so they can stay in power.

    January 10, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "Because he isn't going to criss-cross the country talking about Obamacare, that a large majority want repealed,"

    Well, if you're gonna jump on the "huge majority" bandwagon, why aren't YOU and your GOBP deathcult supporting the two thirds of America that want the millionaire's surtax and an end to the Bush tax cuts for the filthy rich?

    As for your repeal comment itself, I think you'll find the polls are worded differently and the result reflect the opinions of those who wanted a better ACA, not no ACA.

    January 10, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    These RP freaks are scary.

    January 10, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "And most of us like what Ron Paul is saying. Not electable? If the Election was held today between him and Obama? Obama would walk away with his tail between his legs while licking his wounds."

    HAHAHAHAHAHA. Obama beats Paul as follows:

    Reuters/Ipsos 1/5 – 1/9 48 41 Obama +7
    CBS News 1/4 – 1/8 46 45 Obama +1
    CNN/Opinion Research 12/16 – 12/18 52 45 Obama +7
    PPP 12/16 – 12/18 46 41 Obama +5
    ABC News/Wash Post 12/15 – 12/18 49 44 Obama +5
    Rasmussen Reports 12/10 – 12/11 43 35 Obama +8
    NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 12/7 – 12/11 50 37 Obama +13
    McClatchy/Marist 11/8 – 11/10 49 41 Obama +8

    Average...Obama 47.9, Paul 41.1...Obama +6.8

    But hey, whatever helps you sleep at night pal.

    January 10, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    Rick in AZ – RIGHTON. They will NEVER answer that. Not sensibility anyway.

    January 10, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Gurgi-Which show on foreign owned media, Fox, gives you the 'light of real truth?' Conservatives are an embarrassment to our country. They have created $12 trillion of our national debt, almost destroyed the country with their near depression, and have put their bigotry ahead of moving our country out of the Bush debacle.

    January 10, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Dan

    Why is Ron Paul defending Bain Capital?

    Bain Capital's own web site says they help outsource jobs to other countries.

    When Romney was running for Governor, Bain Capital was moving IT jobs from Massachusetts to communist China.

    January 10, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "@Truth, well said, but the liberals on here have blinders so thick that no light of real truth gets through. I suppose they are just to racist against white people to see the real truth."

    LOL!!! Yesterday you falsely claimed all I post is emotion with no facts in reply to a post in which I clearly pointed out facts you conveniently ignore. Specifically, two thirds of America want a millionaire's surtax and an end to the Bush tax cuts for the filthy rich. I then point out correctly that the GOBP deathcult refuses to acknowledge that previous stated fact. This you insanely describe as being emotion without substance.

    If you want to see who "on here have blinders so thick that no light of real truth gets through" check the mirror, dude.

    January 10, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth-The real owners of Mittens are the Kochs, Rove, Wall Street, and who knows how many foreign governments.

    January 10, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Bruce

    If you look up "honest" in the dictionary, Ron Paul's picture is there. He is a man with absolutely no guile. He may be the most honest candidate for president we have had in over a century. I cannot see who anyone would call him an "angry old man."

    I keep hearing he is "unelectable," and that may be a sad truth. It appears you need to be able to lie and waffle on situations to ever successfully navigate the horrendous circuit of primaries and caucuses that pave the billion dollar road to the presidential election.

    January 10, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Shel

    Now i see what Ron Paul has to do to get some quotes/coverage on CNN: talk about Mitt Romney!

    January 10, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. CAL USA

    The truth and nothing but? More like the truth will never come out of me. When President Obama calls for millionaires to pay taxes at the same rate as the middle class, he's invoking class warfare. What would you call it when Republicans bash union workers and try to prevent them from trying to get a decent life for their families? What would you call the GOP effort to make it more difficult for minorities, the young, and the old to register to vote? What about the plans to kill Medicare and Social Security? We have seen class warfare, and it is firmly entrenched in the Republican platform.

    January 10, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Ryan

    And this is way Ron Paul is a better man than all the other candidates and pretty much every other politician out there. I'm a liberal, and from a policy perspective, I think Ron Paul would do more harm than good as President. I'm voting for Obama regardless of which Republican makes it through this gauntlet. But if we are to judge politicians by standards such as intelegence, purity of conviction, consistency of action... along with the the general ability to keep it real... Paul is better than any of them, including Obama.

    January 10, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Independent Voters

    I bet Romney would not defend Paul on any issues..These republican are class clowns

    January 10, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. M.A.

    Ron, I respectfully dissagree! All across this nation, there are "repesentatives" that need be dismissed. Isn't necessarily enjoyable though yet necessary. When politicians aren't representing responsibly, the responsible thing to do is replace them with those who provide the leadership expected of them. Govenor Romney is not a qualified candidate in this regard. You are. Go Ron Paul!

    January 10, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. jonnybgood

    Shocking that the hack "report", Dana Bash, didn't try to twist Paul's words to suit her own agenda.

    January 10, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    I wonder what the paulinites are gonig to say now. Your leader in age is for the same thing you have blogged against the $250M flip flopper. Mitts by himself is bad for the US if he picks this back to 1860s clown he will be doing what mcnasty did with the she devil from AK.
    I think that for these candidates who have never had to worry where the next paycheck came from or have been fired (since most of them had government jobs and have health care and pensions for the rest of their sorry lives) they can't really know what it is to lose your job when you buy and sell a company!
    All of them are so out of touch with the working poor and the vanishing middle class that it's pathetic!

    January 10, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Gezellig

    Well, taken out of context or not, I'll bet you ten thousand dollars he wish he hadn't said it.

    January 10, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    If you look up "honest" in the dictionary, Ron Paul's picture is there. He is a man with absolutely no guile. He may be the most honest candidate for president we have had in over a century. I cannot see who anyone would call him an "angry old man."

    Honest? Really? He claims to be an admirer of the late Martin Luther King but yet voted AGAINST having a holiday named after him (more than once). Truly amazing.

    January 10, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Mario

    That angry old man is the head of the TEA(KKK)Party and is one the main members of the do nothing Republican Party. Republican keep saying Obama's bad polices are bring this country down but What polices the republicans/tea party keep blocking. Mexican-Americans for Obama 2012

    January 10, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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