'Strange' claim, Romney maintains
June 12th, 2012
10:26 AM ET
6 years ago

'Strange' claim, Romney maintains

(CNN) – Mitt Romney Tuesday said it was "strange" that Democrats' claim he wants to cut the ranks of local governments.

On Monday, President Barack Obama's presidential campaign released a web video highlighting Romney's comments Friday on public sector jobs.

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"He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers," Romney is shown saying at an event in Iowa. "Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people."

The Obama campaign video claims Romney made cuts to public sector workers while governor of Massachusetts

On Tuesday, Romney said the assertion he wants to cut jobs for firefighters and policemen "a very strange accusation."

"Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states," Romney said on Fox News. "The federal government doesn't pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that's completely absurd."

Responding to a statistic that Americans' wealth had dropped sharply between 2007-2010, Romney took aim at Obama's campaign tagline.

"That's why the American people are having such a hard time," Romney said. "That's why the idea of selecting as a campaign slogan 'forward' is so absurd. The American people are facing really tough circumstances. They're looking at how they're going to pay for retirement."

In a separate interview with radio host Neal Boortz, Romney said the Obama campaign's attacks on his record as Massachusetts governor ignored basic facts about his tenure.

"They have a little trouble with the truth I'm afraid," Romney said. "Actually, when I was serving as governor, we got our unemployment rate down to 4.7% by the time I left. I imagine the president would like to hear a number like that for the nation if he could."

Romney went on to hammer Obama for his own economic record, saying, "whether or not you think he is a nice guy, he has clearly failed us."

Romney continued, "His policies did not work. The economy did not turn around. Housing prices didn't come up. Unemployment was not brought down as he said it would."

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Darryl

    Wow, M.Romney amazes me,He is eighter a flat out liar or there is something wrong with him.He says 1 thing and a few hours or days later he says another.People say he's a flip-floper and now I see that about him.I also saw a clip where his wife appeared with him and they both said that they deserved to be in the White House and that it was their time.That is shocking and really arogant of them to not only to feel that way but to come out and say that to the american people is insulting.His wife is the one who said most of it and he agreed saying some of it too.Wow,

    June 12, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    Bill from GA
    And while mitts wants fewer police, firefighters and PUBLIC school teachers, he wants VOUCHERS for private schools.
    Mitt Romney never said he wanted fewer police, fighters or public schoolteachers. What he said is that it is irresponsible for the federal government... already $16 trillion in debt... to borrow more money to give to states to increase their payrolls. States need to run themselves and make their own decisions based on their own requirements and resources.

    And vouchers for education are an excellent idea. It works, and we need education to work in America. It is our future.

    June 12, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Four and the Door.
    You have a degree of minus economics 101 at F grade. I quote you " the private sector is what pays for everything"
    Pray tell me how the private sector as an example pays teachers, fire fighters etc, directly as you implicitly state.
    Corporate entities sell goods to stores or services ( to make profit to stay in business) and those are then taxed at state level and federal level via sales taxes collected by states and corporate taxes collected as well.
    If we are paid enough we pay income taxes locally and federally... they are not "paid" by the private sector.
    Big or small government you and most of us will pay taxes to fund its operations. Corporations do not run schools fire services or police or Drug approval FDA, or DHS or state department Or pentagon and defense.
    Get real will you please. Try remembereing IKe and his warning about the military industrial complex.,

    June 12, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. tumbleweed

    Mr Magic Underpants, hiding his millions off shore to avoid paying his fair share to help his country, when it needs it most,and then avoiding military service to his country, out of cowardis . " I am starting to have questions." what questions can you still have. He's not fit to be the POTUS....... He's fit to be an egotistical mega millionaire who could care less about the average person. He's not running to help the country out of patriotisim..It's because he thinks it's his turn. Nothing more nothing less. Suckers!

    June 12, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Steve in CT

    Four and the Door – Who pays for the vouchers? If the Cities have to pay for them out of the education budget, then the rest of the system is cheated and public education will decline more. Perhaps you will pay for the vouchers out of your pocket?

    June 12, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Glenn Rice

    Etch A Sketch

    June 12, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Four and the Door.
    You have a degree of minus economics 101 at F grade. I quote you " the private sector is what pays for everything"
    Pray tell me how the private sector as an example pays teachers, fire fighters etc, directly as you implicitly state.

    June 12, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Obama supporter turned Romney supporter

    hring more or firing governemnt workers should be done at the state level taking into account need and budget. Pres. Obama ws supposed to unite the people but he doesnt lead like he should. Nice guy but results matter, with net worth dropping 40 % in US the last few years, i dont see how he can be relected. I wish he coulda done something great.....but his time seems to have passed. Give Romeny a go.

    June 12, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Myviewis

    I agree that Obama has many economists working with him and as much as Obama listens to them he does not have the economics, finance, accounting or business background to make a solid, educated, experienced, strategic decision and the final decision is made by Obama not the economists that work with him. Obama should have considered attending the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was speaking about it this morning. It wouldn't hurt Obama to take these business management program.

    June 12, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. labman57

    The conservative movement's vision is to model k-12 education, police, and fire after the private health care insurance industry. People who can afford to do so would pay annual fees for these quality services, and those who cannot afford to pay would be provided minimal, third-rate services. Because our current system is clearly the result of anti-American socialist ideology.

    Education for the masses? Not if Mitt can help it.

    June 12, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. PJ/TX

    It is so obvious from the comments here that Mitt Romney's remarks can be interpreted anyway you want.
    He changes his words, his mind, and his stance on everything. It is also more obvious every day that
    Mitt would not be in control of anything. His "advisers" are writing his agenda.
    Romney just does not know how to stand on his own two feet. He is not the "leader" he is a blatant
    follower and doesn't care. He just wants to play in the White House and let everyone else do the work.
    Sound familiar?

    June 12, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. ART

    Mitten firemen policemen and teachers are Americans too. They are the ones that keep thing running smoothley and educate our children, not everyone can afford private schools like you can , also right now we have wild fires in 6 states where firemen are willing to give their lives to protect others just like the cops do everyday. I know they are not part of your 1% friends but they definately are true Americans just like people in the private sector who I may remind you keep trying to screw the middle class everychance they get. Put that on top of your car and drive it.

    June 12, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. rs

    Four- Hiring government workers is precisely how Reagan and Bush and Clinton stimulated the economy. Now, however, the GOP is dertermined to hurt the economy (and the American people) in an attempt to make Mr. Romney look like a better candidate. Do try to keep up.

    June 12, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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