(CNN) – The former CEO of General Electric said Monday he thought presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was the "perfect" candidate, one unmatched in recent American history.
"In his case, I think he really is perfect," Jack Welch said of the former Massachusetts governor on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
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"As a candidate for the president of the United States in these tough economic times, in these global waters that are tough - look at that background. You can't pick a candidate, you can't challenge my statement for the last 50 years on a candidate, you can't do it," Welch continued.
Welch's wife Suzy said the perceived perfection could be one reason Romney is not polling better.
"People look at him and think it must be phony - that affect can't be real," she said. "Nobody looks like that, has that beautiful family. There's something we're not seeing. This is the 'Jersey Shore' culture. He's too good to be true."
Suzy Welch worked concurrently at Bain & Company with the candidate, and said rivals painting Romney as a corporate raider are misrepresenting his record.
Romney was "never, in my experience, ruthless," she said.
She continued, "When I see these ads by Newt Gingrich talking about how people began to lose their jobs when Mitt Romney came to town, it is such a stark contrast than what it was like to actually work at Bain." Welch was referring to television advertisements produced by Winning Our Future, a super PAC supporting the former House speaker.
"There was this incredible, almost bizarre rah-rah - go business, grow business," she added.
While critics call them "flip-flops," Jack Welch said Romney's changing views on some issues, including abortion, show "absolute strength" in Romney's character.
"Who wants some bullhead who gets a position at age 30 and stays with it until they put him in the box, end of game?" he said. "You don't want that. You want somebody always learning, always growing, always thinking."
When asked if voters should move beyond Gingrich's past marriage infidelity, Suzy Welch applied the same concept of growth.
"If we just had people perfect running for president, you couldn't have anybody run for president," she said. That said, she added, "I'm not a Newt supporter."
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The company that made millions in profit and paid no taxes calls Romney perfect. Any surprise there?
Is this an endorsement or a kiss of death?
Romney is for the rich corporate he against middle class.
We dont need Romney as president.