'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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  1. Myviewis

    Seriously, does anyone believe that Romney would think that it is beneficial for our communities to get rid of fire fighters, police officers and teachers in the name of cutting back expenses? I bet Romney would say that the employees to go should be all those time wasting employees at GSA who instead of working are busy filming videos and joking around wasting taxpayers money. How ridiculous are Democrats to think that this gossip about Romney will stick. Why doesn't Obama just run on his job performance and tells us where he will take us if he gets re-elected?

    June 12, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Massachusetts Mom

    He tries to "un-say" everything he says. Once an opportunist...always an opportunist...pandering, pandering, pandering. I live in Massachusetts and could nnever vote for him.

    June 12, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. wow o wow

    Mitt never ceases to amaze me. He can clearly say one thing on one day and than within 3 days say that it never said it. People, this is no longer just a funny little occurance, it is a habit, and it shows that he is not stable. He is out of touch with reality.

    June 12, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. independent

    I almost made a belittleing comment about the GOTP, and then thought better of it. I should be more innovative and less reactionary.

    June 12, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Mitt

    Mitt does not care about you the people. Only the "Corporation People". He will doom us all.

    June 12, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. judy

    mitt is like a used car salesman to slick to trust. He will say what ever he has been bought to say.

    June 12, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Atlantic

    Romney was a loser in Massachusetts and he hasn't changes a bit.

    June 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Gary Owen 2/7

    The Red Neck Right destroyed the economy inthe first place. Why would we want to go thru that again?

    June 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. kakaraka

    Another eck a schetch moment for Romney. Disgusting dishonesty. Elect this one for President who say something and denies it later? Is Romney really conscious of that behavior?

    June 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Blindersoff

    Again America, I give you Romney and his bag of lies and famous change up curve ball.

    June 12, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    Local and state government receive federal aide, they use the fund to pay firefighters and policemen
    Amnesia Romney forget that also

    June 12, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. California Gary

    Actually Mitt, the unemployment rate has come down from where it was a year ago. And the economy is turning in the right direction. When Obama took office, you might recall we were losing thousands of jobs a month.......we have now had 2 years of steady job growth. And by the way, people are making hay of the Obama comment that the private sector is doing fine........but companies in the private sector are recording record profits, are they not? They are just not letting any of it trickle down in the form of more jobs. Bottom line.......you are a phoney Mitt.

    June 12, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Q

    I like Romney, but I was concerned when I learned he used his wealth and privilage to avoid milatary service in Vietnam. I think we need to hear more about this. First hiding your millions off shore and then avoiding service to your country. I am starting to have questions.........

    June 12, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. GiveMeABreak

    "The American people are facing really tough circumstances. They're looking at how they're going to pay for retirement."

    This is classic Mitt. Reminds me of his wife saying "We had a really hard time when we were in graduate school. We even considered selling some of our portfolio." They just can't get it that many American families have or are losing their homes and worrying about putting food on the table. Retirement isn't even in the picture at this point.

    June 12, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    Apparently Obama thinks we can recover our economy by hiring government workers. This is just an indication of how very little he knows about Economics. I'm sure there are competent Economists who can advise the Administration. Maybe in 2012 Obama gets his economic advise from his campaign manager.

    Mitt Romney is exactly correct. Increasing government spending, even for hiring government workers, just drags the economy down more. The private sector is what pays for everything. But Barack Obama has never been a part of the private sector. It is not in his wheelhouse so he sticks with what he knows. Government spending.

    June 12, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    if a person tells too many untruths sometimes they come back to haunt them. Mitt needs to keep a record of his untruths and half-truths because he is going to get caught up in his web of it all if not careful. Say anything to get elected has it's limits as well.

    June 12, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. dreamer96

    Romney would just force out the senior members that have high pay in the Fire Departments, Police Departments, Teachers, and other Federal, state, county, local regions and replace them with newbies at a much lower cost..and run all these departments like Walmart..the public would be less safe but Mitt would claim a victory over cost....And give his friends more tax cuts....we can not run our country that way...we need people that know their jobs well..that takes experience..years of experience...

    June 12, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. GI Joe

    I think they should start by cutting delegates and senators in half, and also cutting their pay in half. That's how we have smaller government.

    Teachers, firefighters, police are not part of the problem. DC is the entire problem. Mostly the HOUSE. Cut their salary to match the days and hours they spend working.

    June 12, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Bill from GA

    Does mitts not realize that his words are on tape.

    And while mitts wants fewer police, firefighters and PUBLIC school teachers, he wants VOUCHERS for private schools.
    Or so he said last month, to last month's crowd. Who knows what he wants this month.

    June 12, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Myviewis

    Honestly, it is hard to listen to a Obama because he was never a manager, did not study business administration, finances, accounting, economics, never ran a business, never owned a business, never worked in the real world and it is becoming more obvious that he is looking to create all kinds of distrations like this one so that people don't realize that he had no experience or scholastics for the job of President.

    June 12, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. GI Joe

    He even lies about lying. We heard it, we won't forget it.

    June 12, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. John John

    When people criticize Romney it is for genuine deception and incompetence, but when they criticize Obama they just say he is "bad" mimicking what they heard from Republican commercials. Obama has helped recover an economy that was damaged by 2 wars and a TAX CUT to pay for them by the GOP. He has spent FAR LESS than GWB and most of what he spent has been to try and fix the GOP destroyed economy, yet TV commercials blame him for the GOP debt. I hope the commenters that are posting anti-Obama drivel on here will look into the figures and stop watching the deceptive GOP figureheads and realize they are being lied to by the right wing.

    June 12, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. 1twinsfan

    Wow, it really truly is Mitt believe, isn't it? Romney said it! No misunderstanding what he meant. You know what I find a strange claim? Claiming to be a Michigan state trooper and pulling people over in your white rambler. Creepy.

    June 12, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. judy

    I think that the president has many econimist working with him. Thats part of his job. Everyone seems to think he makes this stuff up on his own. He listens to all of them and the ecomonmy has improved. Not as much as we need but we need to put teachers firemen and police back to work. These are the government workers he is talking about. Middle class jobs that help everyone. Havent you noticed schools trying to pass bonds to pay for the lack of money they have. We pay for it either way people. Our kids are the ones who suffer. Unless they are rich and can go to privet schools.When your house burns down because you have no firemen then what. If you are rich like ol mitt you don't have to worry. Just get more money from the caymens. Forward 2012

    June 12, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. tee27

    Hey Mitt this why we have a Jobs problem, with the heady atmosphere in Washington on the days running up to the inauguration and the day itself, which attracted 1.8 million to the mall to witness Obama being sworn in as America's first black president.

    Those numbers contributed to a growing sense of unease among Republicans as much the defeat in the White House race the previous November. The 15 Republicans were in a sombre mood as they gathered at the Caucus Room in Washington, an upscale restaurant where a New York strip steak costs $51.

    Attending the dinner were House members Eric Cantor, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra, Dan Lungren, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan and Pete Sessions. From the Senate were Tom Coburn, Bob Corker, Jim DeMint, John Ensign and Jon Kyl. Others present were former House Speaker and future – and failed – presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and the Republican strategist Frank Luntz, who organised the dinner and sent out the invitations.

    The dinner table was set in a square at Luntz's request so everyone could see one another and talk freely. The session lasted four hours and by the end the sombre mood had lifted: they had conceived a plan. They would take back the House in November 2010, which they did, and use it as a spear to mortally wound Obama in 2011 and take back the Senate and White House in 2012,

    June 12, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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