Romney touts business experience; says most of his rivals don't have it
August 15th, 2011
12:31 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney touts business experience; says most of his rivals don't have it

Litchfield, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Monday his experience in business would help propel him over his opponents for the GOP presidential nomination, including the man who threatens to be his biggest rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Facing reporters' questions, the former Massachusetts governor and private businessman took a dig at Perry, who drove media coverage this weekend with his splashy entrance into the presidential race, and most of the rest of the field of Republican White House hopefuls.

"I think understanding how the economy works by having worked in the real economy is finally essential in the White House and I hope people recognize that," said Romney.

"I respect the other people in this race but I think the only other person that has that kind of extensive private sector experience besides me in the Republican race is Herman Cain, and I respect Herman Cain but I also think it's helpful to have that government experience that I've had," Romney said.

Romney has repeatedly faulted President Barack Obama for failing to understand how private business works, and he pivoted to apply that criticism to the Texas governor. Perry has essentially been a career politician, serving 11 years in the Governor's mansion and as Lt. Governor to then-Gov. George W. Bush before that.

"I've learned how the economy works and I believe that skill is what the nation is looking for," Romney said, continuing his strategy of highlighting his business credentials in a race that will hinge on the economic slump.

Perry narrowly beat Romney as a write-in candidate at the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa this weekend - a competition both candidates bypassed - prompting questions about the stability of Romney's frontrunner status.

Perry, a tea party darling who is pursuing both social and fiscal conservatives in his bid for the White House, touted his jobs record in Texas at events over the weekend.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
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  1. bb

    Throw a little mud, Romney or Perry is going to eat you for lunch. Take Pawlenty's campaign and let that be a lesson for you.

    August 15, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. MadinCT

    With this latest turn of events, the Republican party is continuing its shift to the extreme, putrid right of the political spectrum: a small cross section of the American political landscape that devalues education, glorifies ignorance, views quitting as a virtue and takes pride in blatant hypocrisy. That is the only explanation for their revelry and excitement with the "D" student, "job-creating" TX governor/preacher and a bona-fide ding-a-ling sporting a degree from that unaccredited, "intellectual powerhouse" with a storied 6-year pedigree, F.O. Coburn Law, aka, Cracker-Jack U!

    How could two dunces who just a few years ago would have been roundly dismissed by their GOP counterparts suddenly become mainstream in Republican politics? Well, this is what happens when a political party launches an all-out sustained assault on anything related to education. The modern-day Republican party has now seen the fruits of their calculated strategy to maintain power through ignorance by attacking, undermining or subverting things from Head Start to Pell Grants; from the Department of Education to school lunches; from the science of stem cells to the science of climate change. Anyone else (Republican or Democrat) who is more educated, who advocates the vital importance of these things is viewed as "elite" and subject to ridicule. Then, after the neo-Republicans create a significant underclass of ignoramuses that hew to their ideology but who are incapable of higher order thinking or basic computation skills requiring companies to seek talent elsewhere or send jobs offshore to smarter, cheaper labor, they cry foul.

    That is the thinking and warped mentality that has brought us the twin cancers of Perry and Bachmann, the fanciful, lunatic rantings of the remaining GOP wannabes and the overall scourge of the modern-day Republican Tea Party. If left unchecked, they will no doubt take America back–back to a time when all decisions were made through the Church's prism; when the earth's roundness or polarity or scientific facts were dismissed by clergy; smart "elites", submissive women and minorities knew (and stayed in) their place; and education was optional. We all know how that turned out but, alas, a generation of fools who have failed to consult history (let alone read it) embark on a repeat performance with hopes of a different outcome!

    August 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Don't need an also-ran from the past, who is actually the person favored by the Dems!

    August 15, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Romney touts business experience;.................................
    So, where are YOUR ideas on how to create jobs? Or perhaps you think the country should wait for you to become President lest someone takes credit for YOUR ideas? Nevermind the fact that the people could wel luse those jobs NOW, that is if you have ANY ideas as to how to get them......which we all know you DON'T.

    August 15, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Andrew

    Dream on Rummey! You only suceeded in leverage buy outs and shipping jobs overseas. The only business experience you have is wrecking them. At least Herman Cain ran an American business into sucess. As far as political excperience you are a consumate chamelion at best.

    August 15, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. me

    None of the Republican candidates have excellent business experience.. none to be confident in atleast. Perry as governor saw an increase in jobs but they were all minimum wage jobs.. Ok he helped bring some corporations to Texas and POLITICO is reporting that Perry was or had allowed a Chinese corporation to base there who the federal government sees as a national security threat for their alleged involvment in cyber attacks... Romney in his business practice hasn't had had a perfect private business record and his dealings with S&P as governor to increase the credit rating of his state is shady to say the least. either way I feel that who ever the Rep. candidate is the middle class is not going to be fully represented. The middle class needs to be grown here in America which is an essential segment to have in a capitalist society and to have a thriving democracy. Republicans and their corporation constituients want to create jobs for sure.. but only minimum wage part time jobs that can't sustain a middle class family nor help decrease the shrinking middle class but would only increase the economic disparity among classes and among races... who ever gets elected has to put the needs of the average american citizen first and help improve our everyday lives

    August 15, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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