January 30th, 2008
09:29 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: How Romney's business experience can be a negative

McCain gets in a sly dig at Romney, suggesting he’s put people out of work. It’s similar to a line Huckabee’s used in anti-Romney ads: you want to vote for the guy who creates jobs, not the one who lays you off.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. James

    Seems like alot of people in Washington needs to be layed off. I guess Romney is a expert there. Would be nice to see 30% of the idiots in washington get the same job market we have You know a competitive job market.

    January 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. Adam

    Can somebody explain to me why Reagan is worshiped as a God?

    January 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Gabi

    Love the Romney laugh in the background to McCain's cheap shot.

    January 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  4. Heidi

    No one is worshiping Reagan, he helped make the US a better country. Anyone and that stand can only hope they are as good a president as Regan. Were you alive then or what?

    January 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  5. chris

    romney looks like the guy that is going to bring change and good change that will improve the economy and he should nominate mccain for secretary of state because that is the only thing he seems to know about.

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. Joe

    Romney grew 80,000 jobs just in one company alone. McCain, you are lying once again.

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Stacey

    Adam, they have to think of something positive a Republican President has done within most adults lifetimes.

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Patricia

    Romney never took a paycheck from the federal gov't (which means you and me) or sat for decades in a congressional office with a staff to do his reading and tell him what position to take and sign his letters (written by a staffer) on an auto pen and pretend to know something about what the American people really need in this country. Romney worked hard to be a success... and that's part of the American dream. He has great ideas and would be a breath of fresh air.

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. winston

    What you call "a sly dig" is actually a nasty, catty remark. Your bias is showing.

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. Joel Hillan

    The real answer is he saved thousands of jobs over the course of his career. Even today folks are filling out resumes to be employees at the companies Romney saved–which wouldn't have been there at all if it were not for his brilliance.

    I don't know why this is so hard to understand. Yeah people got fired, but it was in order to save remaining jobs.

    What's better 50 people getting fired in order to save the remaining 450 or all 500 loosing their job? Anyway you slice it, it is a net gain for Romney and the American economy–that's leadership!

    January 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. Alma

    Envy works its ways. The fact of the matter is that the candidates dislike Romney because he has personal money, and that is called envy , and that is wrong.

    January 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. john

    Romney will make the economy worse. All he will do is outsource jobs to China.

    January 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. CaliMom

    so has John and all the rest of the senators that either voted for NAFTA, WTO and CAFTA or did not fight to stop them...

    January 30, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. Jorshy

    Alma makes a very good point -
    Hey bloggers - Why are so many people rallying around McInsane? Is there some sort of conspiracy going on? Is he a little puppet with all of these supporters each holding (or buying) a string?

    January 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. jon ashburn va


    January 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. nicole

    Although Ron Paul's comments/answers are always more mature and logical than other PC candidates he never gets enough coverage by the media. Why the censorship? Maybe becasue Ron Paul is the only candidate who is not connected to special interest groups?

    January 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. CC

    I find it EXTREMELY DISTURBING that someone we could have as President..CONSTANTLY, CONSTANTLY JABS Romney because he ran small and large businesses--not only ran but SAVED many of them from failing!! THAT IS WHAT AMERICA IS BUILT ON!! How dare he undermine BUSINESS!!! I do NOT want him snickering at the business owners of America! Romney has SAVED more jobs than he's ever gotten rid of! If Huckabee and McCain can't understand that elementary part of the economy............they have NO business trying to get our economy on the right track! Romney is for less taxes, less spending! My goodness! When he took over the Olympics he got rid of the fancy foods and they had pizza on paper plates!! HE KNOWS how to LEAD and SAVE and ECONOMIZE! Don't get sucked into the political meanness demonstrated by McCain over and over again recently!

    January 30, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. Dave

    Reduce government spending = fire people.

    This is a good thing.

    January 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  19. deborah holland

    Nicole-You are very Astute.

    January 30, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Just because you can run a business; that doesn't mean that you can run the government. I can't recall Romney mentioning how well he worked with the state legislature. There have only been side comments here and there. This is more than working with a board of directors that will follow what you say. I don't think Romney understands that.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    Hah, I was talking about thre Bain Capital issue for weeks. CNN never approved the comments. Must be galling to the mod staff that the issue got forced.

    January 31, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Josh

    Romney won as a republican in the most liberal state in the nation – andpeople don't think he can step across the isle? At least he' knows how to talk and compromise, with McCain I'm afraid he'd run across the isle and finally feel like he's home.

    About the economy, there is no question, McCain has no experience. Citing military experience? That's a HUGE drain on the economy and he knows it.

    It wasn't a "sly dig" it was a petty immature comment from a grumpy old man!

    January 31, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |