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. Gurgi

    @Wire,,,,,funny, but conservatives and centrist independents like myself, have the same opinion about liberals.

    January 10, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Previously Disappointed. Now See the Light

    Paul has spent the entire campaign attacking his true conservative opponents while avoiding attacking liberal-in- conservative-clothing Romney. Paul's actions to date have left me disappointed. Now he's defending Romney?!? Finally, I see the light. He's a shill for Romney!

    January 10, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Mark

    Ron will never see the Oval Office – unless he goes for a tour; it's just the way it is.

    January 10, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    Because he isn't going to criss-cross the country talking about Obamacare, that a large majority want repealed,
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    How often do you have these delusions of grandeur? Or are you just that much of a dolt that you think that "a large majority" means you and the anchors at Fox News?

    January 10, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Alex

    Ron Paul has class!!!

    January 10, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. USCGuy77

    To Dominican Mama for Osama: I agree that anyone representing the United States, especially as President, should say exactly what he means. I seriously doubt any of the Republican "clowns" would EVER bow down to a Saudi Arabian Prince, or say that the United States is "not a Christian nation" anymore. They would give more thought to that before ever saying something so absurd. The highest office in the land should have respect for it's citizens and the country, and never, ever forget WHO they are suposed to be serving. The PEOPLE – not a third world philosophy.

    January 10, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Ben Dover

    Paul is CRAZY!!!

    January 10, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    "@Wire,,,,,funny, but conservatives and centrist independents like myself, have the same opinion about liberals."

    Opinions are like butts; everyone has one. What facts support your opinions?

    January 10, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Brad

    Ron's the only honest candidate. When will people see this?

    January 10, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. ok_maybe

    Hey Dana, Don't "worry" so much about Ron Paul being a "spoiler" for another candidate. He will win because WE NEED SPOILERS right now. –cheers, and say hi to John.

    Ron Paul 2012.

    January 10, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Gurgi

    @uscguy77,,,,You have to be careful. Liberals don't like it when you point out an inconvenient truth about Obama, who campaigned in the "57" states in 08. An interesting slip of the tongue, there happens to be 57 islamic states. Hmmm, maybe that is where he was campaigning?????

    January 10, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Paul

    Paul is right and anyone who read the comment and doesn't agree with what Romney said is a communist, and I don't like Romney.

    January 10, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Woman In California

    These RP freaks are scary
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    Naw my friend, they are desperate, and frustrated. They cannot understand why their looney tune candidate who endorses "separate but equal" is just not taking hold. How many times has Paul run for President? I've lost count, but they figure "surely he can beat the Black guy if they jsut gave him a chance; after all the trouble we've gone through to setback the economy and the job situation, jeez, if he doesn't get the nomination now up against these other jokers he never will".
    That's how they are feeling.
    This is Paul Revere's last ride....and his supporters know it.
    Never mind them.

    January 10, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Tex71

    Now wait a minute here folks – don't get all mad at Mitt just because he likes to fire people! That's the privilege he deserves for being born wealthy: the pleasure of watching other people beg for their lives and the greater pleasure of refusing! That's freedom, folks! That's what I want to give America! Folks? Hey, stop! Where are you going? Aw, shucks!

    January 10, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    To all the Paul supporters out there, there is a program called Phone From Home and you can volunteer to call voters on behalf of the Ron Paul campaign. It's an awesome way to help get Dr. Paul the nomination. Google "Ron Paul Phone From Home".

    Ron Paul 2012

    January 10, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Devon Dalon

    To all the Paul supporters out there, there is a program called Phone From Home and you can volunteer to call voters on behalf of the Ron Paul campaign. It's an awesome way to help get Dr. Paul the nomination. Google "Ron Paul Phone From Home".

    Ron Paul 2012

    January 10, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Marcus

    Gurgi – You, a centrist independent? Get real. No, you really think that after all the baseless and factless attacks against the current presidency you still want to pretend that you are not a far right-winger.
    Get real...

    January 10, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. LeSigh

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

    Oh, so now it's OKAY to bail out companies?? Ron Paul keeps talking in circles. I never understood all the supporters who claim he is "honest" and 'consistent" when all he does is talk out of both sides of his mouth.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    You're clueless. He's not talking about Government Bail Outs...he's talking about going into a company, in a free market system style of society as he belives in, and doing what needs to be done to keep the company from going bankrupt, thereby saving jobs. He's talking about exactly what he states his opinion is. Letting the private company deal with the private company from the inside.

    I take back my previous statement...you're not clueless...you're an idiot.

    January 10, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Joe4808

    Rudy NYC you are FIRED !!!

    January 10, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Val in MA

    I would like to see Ron Paul as Secretary of Treasury in Romney's administration. I also would like to thank Mr. Paul for his courage to stand up to nasty Newt and wicked Perry. ROMNEY ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!

    January 10, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Joe4808

    Only Ron Paul is pro-peace, pro-freedom, pro-life, pro-right-to-bear-arms and anti-NYC-bankster bailouts.

    January 10, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Sparky24

    It has started. The people are finally opening their eyes. They are coming out of the old age and stepping into the new. They are finally paying attention. The true change you have been looking for has arrived. Do not be fooled. Do the research and get informed.

    Ron Paul 2012

    January 10, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. kristigibs

    ...but I thought corporations are people! Why, if corporations are people, and he wants to be able to fire corporations then that means–He DOES love firing people! Oh no! Let us all overreact!

    January 10, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Keith in Austin

    @Rudy: I read in your earlier post that some people have urged you to run for office. Suggestion: Put your name on a ballot somewhere and include all those Left Wing editorials you post every day! Then sit back and watch how your elitist, self-indulged BS washes with people that don't spend their lives pontificating on Liberal blogs like this one! It might help provide a little more clarity and get that inflated ego of yours in check for once!

    January 10, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Katie Jane

    I can't remember if Pail defended the President when the President's quote on we have been lazy.

    January 10, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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