Paul defends Romney 'fire' comment, history at Bain
January 10th, 2012
03:33 PM ET
11 years ago

Paul defends Romney 'fire' comment, history at Bain

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Ron Paul defended rival Mitt Romney Tuesday over his Monday comment that he likes having the ability to "fire people."

Texas Rep. Paul said the Republicans who are taking aim at the former Massachusetts governor over the comment are "unfairly attacking" the candidate.

"I think this is just typical politics and they're unfairly attacking him on that issue," Paul said outside a polling place at Webster School in Manchester. "He never literally said what they say he said. They're taking him way out of context."

In a speech to the Nashua Chamber of Commerce Monday, Romney said he wanted Americans to be able to switch insurance companies if they were unhappy with their service.

"I like being able to fire people who provide services to me," he said. "You know, if someone doesn't give me the good service I need, I want to say 'You know, I'm going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.'"

Paul also said Romney's history as CEO at Bain Capital, over which he has received criticism, is an example of the free market.

"You save companies, you save jobs when you reorganize companies that are going to go bankrupt," Paul said. "They don't understand."

While Romney touts his job creating past, he has increasingly come under attack for his private sector experience, with critics suggesting thousands lost jobs while he was at the helm of the venture capital company.

White House hopeful and Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently chastised Romney over the two topics while he campaigns in South Carolina.

However, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also said Tuesday he believed Romney's comments are being misconstrued.

"His comment yesterday about liking firing people, as soon as I saw the whole quote I said it's not fair to take it out of context, he clearly was talking about the right to choose between service providers," Gingrich told reporters in Bedford, New Hampshire. "He wasn't talking about actually firing people per se."

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soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Monique Manna

    Nice to see people defending others when they know the attacks are false. It is always nice to hear the FULL story too, not just assume...bad business there!

    January 10, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Dan5404

    People are positioning themselves for the VP spot, but it won't do any good...that spot is already taken by Joe Biden for the next 5 years.

    January 10, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Arcadian

    This is -on its face- a moral high-ground moment for Paul, it is clearly an angle that is cleverly conceived of by Bash/CNN to marry Paul's policy position to something distasteful that was stated by another candidate; Romney. Truth is, it is hard to find fault in Paul directly, so this is the kind of thing I would expect from CNN.

    January 10, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Tr1Xen

    Ron Paul is a normal, down-to-earth honest man. I think that's why I like him. I don't see him as the self-centered politician that so many presidential candidates are.

    January 10, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Innkahoots

    I dont believe that it was as much what he said as much as how he said it. Turning to the camera the way he did and staring blindly with those cold black eyes and stating, I like to be able to fire people, said it all to me. Speech is only one form of communication, and the way I and many others took the way he said and how he said what he said to be the true meaning in his heart. Watch the video and I think you'll see what I mean.

    January 10, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Halcyon

    And here's another example of why Ron Paul will never be president. When you start complimenting or defending your opponent, it's tantamount to an endorsement.

    Might as well just hand Romney the nomination.

    January 10, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Rick in AZ

    When Romney ran an ad taking what President Obama said out of context, I don't recall Ron Paul coming to the President's defence. I wonder why.

    January 10, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Mikey - Obama is the President of the entire United States, not the privileged few.
    Mikey, you're posts are nothing but a series of contradictions. Obama should present ALL CITIZENS of the USA, not just the ones that he thinks deserve it. Should a rich US citizen be taken hostage abroad, will Obama value their life less than others because they are rich and heck, he can do without that evil rich person?

    Obama is a class warfare buffoon because he can't run on a record of accomplishment. Because he isn't going to criss-cross the country talking about Obamacare, that a large majority want repealed, he'll instead have to find another way of getting re-elected. And that tactic is class warfare brought to us by the great divider-in-chief. Yes, his policies cannot possibility be the reason for his failures because as we all know, he is the Messiah. It must be that vast right wing evil rich person conspiracy that is keeping him and everybody else down. Yes, grab the pitchforks and torches and join the Messiah as he marches through the streets uniting America in hatred.

    January 10, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. cf

    "You save companies, you save jobs when you reorganize companies that are going to go bankrupt," Paul said. "They don't understand."

    Oh, so now it's OKAY to bail out companies?? Ron Paul keeps talking in circles. I never understood all the supporters who claim he is "honest" and 'consistent" when all he does is talk out of both sides of his mouth.

    January 10, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Mikey who succintly and TRUTHFULLY stated:
    Obama will need $1B to counteract all the money that will be poured into the campaign through Super PACs by those (Koch brothers, etc) who want to further game the system to their benefit. Remember, the vast majority of Obama's money comes from individuals making small donations (average donation less than $100 and average donor gave less than $200 in 2008). Most votes in history. Most volunteers in history. Most donors in history. Obama is the President of the entire United States, not the privileged
    Mikey the truth bears repeating so that lies poorly disguised as the Truth do not take root in the fearful minds of the perpetually misinformed, and the intellectually challenged.
    Thanks for your post.

    January 10, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. cf

    I agree with Rick in AZ. Where is Dr Paul's concern about unfair attacks and taking comments out of context when the GOP is bashing President Obama?

    January 10, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Common

    I think we all forget what makes America... well America. Do great not good or risk being fired. Make a mistake you might end up being fired. If you miss work... you might end up fired. Being able to fire people isn't bad for a society, and should be thought of negative only to individuals. No CEO or business owner has to give you a job or keep you working. You are working to better their company and profits.... PERIOD! Jobs are meant for you to bring more income to a company than they are paying you. We are becoming a country who thinks a job has a responsibility to baby us. Take the approach that you are working to make a company better and investors money... who care nothing about you and you will succeed.

    January 10, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Youviewer

    [Woman In California

    Senility is setting in FAST. Already he has forgotten Romney is his opponent. Please don't let this angry old man ANYWHERE near the White House. PLEASE.]

    Dear Woman In California... Did you actually READ the article? Ron Paul DEFENDED Mitt Romney's statement as taken out of context...That makes Ron Paul an honorable man, and he did not use it as an opportunistic attack...(which is probably what CNN was hoping for ...conflict makes for great news headlines/ratings). How did you come to percieve Ron Paul as being angry?

    Same for Newt clarifying Romney's sounde byte..While .I do not agree with Newt Gingrich's positions on the issues, at least he did the right thing and come to another candidate's defense when it was an honest gaff.

    Ron Paul for President!

    January 10, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. gt

    the newt has lost all support... hail mary passes wont work..

    January 10, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Remember, the vast majority of Obama's money comes from individuals making small donations (average donation less than $100 and average donor gave less than $200 in 2008).
    Right.... Which is why Obama holds campaign fundraisers that raise MILLIONS charging $35,000 a couple! Yeah, a real man of the "people" he is. Next joke. Obama is bought and paid for like everybody else. His owners are the trial lawyers, labor unions, green jobs scam artists, etc. Open your eyes once in a while.

    January 10, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Henry

    @cf.. since when is reoganizing bailing out??? Reorganisations do not require federal funds.

    January 10, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Truth somebody wrote:

    Of course it is all leftist and media concocted lies trying to smear the Republican front runner.
    I guess you missed the sound bite of Mitt Romney expressing shock and dismay that ALL of the attacks over his words are coming from the other candidates and other conservatives."

    To be fair, the Dems are about to release the hounds on Mittens for his out-of-touch completely insensitive (or should I say insensate?) inability to relate to the middle class and poor and his blatantly ridiculous attempts to pretend that he does. That doesn't change that Dingbat and Nothing but a Dingbat is completely full of guano when he blames all the attacks entirely on the "leftist LSM" or some other nonsense. Simple fact is that Santorum and Newtered and the rest went rabid on Mittens with what really amount to classically liberal criticisms of his corporate wh-ring plutocrat lifestyle and are forcing the issue earlier than the Dems would actually prefer, leaving them no choice but to join in the pigpile on Mittens now rather than later.

    January 10, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth. . . -Your post are usually out and out lies. Thanks to you, I don't have to tune into foreign owned media, Fox, to find out what the crazy right wingnuts are being told to say. I, like most Americans, have had enough of the division and republican created class warfare over the last 30 years.

    January 10, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Question to the right wingnuts, "Since Mittens' dad was born in Mexico, is Mittens an anchor baby? I can see the bumper sticker now, "Mittens/Marco anchor babies for 2012."

    January 10, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Josh

    Truth knows no politics.
    I thought the same thing as Dr. Paul when I saw Romney being attacked on those statements. This, coming from someone who seriously dislikes Romney as both a politician and a human. I seriously can't stand that liar. But those are out-of-context ad hominem attacks being waged upon him. Kudos to Paul for denying bias its frequent attempts to shroud the truth.
    Vote truth! Ron Paul 2012!

    January 10, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Just Say No To Flipper

    Uh-oh. Looks like Rove's Plan to Elect the Next Neocon Robot has moved into Phase 2.

    January 10, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Dick Hertz

    He's just telling the truth (Doctor, take that Politicians temperature). It was blown out of propotion. The thing Romney needs to worry about is a survey showing that us Independents make up 40% of voters. And most of us like what Ron Paul is saying. Not electable? If the Election was held today between him and Obama? Obama would walk away with his tail between his legs while licking his wounds.

    January 10, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. StuntDonkey

    Sounds like someone has switched over to running for Vice President.

    January 10, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Gurgi

    @Truth, well said, but the liberals on here have blinders so thick that no light of real truth gets through. I suppose they are just to racist against white people to see the real truth.

    January 10, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Kk

    I respect Ron Paul for standing up for the truth not like others unfairly attack Romney (shame on them). I am a Romney supporter however Ron Paul will be my 2nd pick. Anyway, Republicans need to be united not attack each other and give democrat a chance be reelected again.

    January 10, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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