Welch chimes in with Murdoch: 'No room for amateurs'
July 3rd, 2012
08:49 AM ET
10 years ago

Welch chimes in with Murdoch: 'No room for amateurs'

(CNN) – Another high powered business titan is urging Mitt Romney to take a closer look at the team running his campaign for the White House.

Former General Electric Chairman and CEO Jack Welch echoed Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corporation, in urging Romney to hire more professionals for his team. Like Murdoch, Welch made his comments on Twitter.

[tweet http://twitter.com/jack_welch/status/219940669840568320%5D

A spokesman for Welch said Wednesday the "tweet speaks for itself."

On Sunday, Murdoch's campaign recommendation was candid:

[tweet https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/219393140245807104%5D

Murdoch later made clear he was still backing the Republican candidate, and that he was taking heat from Romney supporters.

[tweet https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/219790585307992067%5D

Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul reacted to Murdoch's tweets Tuesday, writing: “Gov. Romney respects Rupert Murdoch and also respects his team and has confidence in them.”

While Welch is a well-known Republican, Murdoch has been known to support candidates of both parties. In 2006, he was reported to have held a fund-raiser for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, and in 2008, he called then-candidate Barack Obama a "rock star" and praised his education plan. In 2010, News Corp. gave a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association.

Many of Romney's top campaign advisers were with him in his 2008 bid for the White House, and some of them worked for Romney during his years as Massachusetts governor.

CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. v_mag

    These old duffers are so far past it that they are trying to ride Flip's coat tails to get noticed. Pretty pathetic, but it does serve to remind us of the caliber of criminal that supports Rob-money.

    And why is it that the worst that ever happens to these guys when they get caught (like that Barclay's bank CEO) is that they have to resign, taking along a few million in severance pay? Why is Murdoch, for instance, not in jail? If he held up a convenience store, he'd be under a jail somewhere. But he does far worse and hides behind his riches and celebrity.

    July 3, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. Myviewis

    We've seen the bad results of voting for a president that doesn't have the academics, studies in President Obama but to extend that lack of academics, studies to the staff is just as bad, which is the problem so many working or worked in the White House for Obama had, they lacked academics for the jobs they were doing. Take Patrick Gaspard, held an excellent position in the White House and I can't find where he actually studied and graduated from University for this type of job, I can't find his academics.

    July 3, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What? Mittens has the turd blossom and the Kochs, and they are far more corrupt than any group helping the dems.

    July 3, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney doesn't know the first thing about what they are trying to tell him. Mitt Romney is doing what he does best, raising capital and getting people to invest in him and his ideas. Romney seems to think that that is all there is to politics. When it comes to small ball politics, he might be right in some parts of the country. These guys are telling him to get rid of some of his small ball advisors. Think he'll do it?

    July 3, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Eddie The Barber

    So with Murdoch and Welch agreeing that Rom needs to hire "professionals" – that must mean that so far he's hired a bunch of amatures – like himself. (smily face)

    July 3, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Having Pro's in the game would be nice assuming Romney doesn't have them. However it is well known that the inmates have been running the asylum for the last 75 years and we have a 16 Trillion dollar debt to show for it. The "Inmate" in the White House needs to go.

    July 3, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Larry L

    If they're worried that Karl Rove won't be dishonest enough to run Romney's campaign they should relax. Romney is famous for running a dirty political campaign and nobody is more of a weasel the old Karl – who wrote the book on political lies and tricks.

    July 3, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |

    It doesn't mater ,you can't make a toad a prince .

    July 3, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    Most of Romney's advisors are from the Bush administration. Now what could possibly be wrong with that? (giggle snort!)

    July 3, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Anne R

    Mitt KNOWS how to run things. Have FAITH people.

    July 3, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. enuff

    Romney is a man who thinks he knows everything. The fact that these two "captains of industry" gave him such advice will probably make his hold on that much tighter. he will want them to see what a smart business man he really is and that he is really one of them. It's kind of a slap in the face/ego that they are giving him advice like that. What's Karl Rove think?

    July 3, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. chuck weidemann

    These business mega-stars know how to do one thing better than anything else....make money for themselves and their cronies!!! True they have built empires on the blood,sweat and tears of the working class. The USA is not an empire. Please can someone tell me the name of the last president who was a great businessman?

    July 3, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. MikeH

    All these millionaires and billionaires recognize that the millions of dollars they're dumping into superpacs trying to get Romney elected are probably going to be wasted. Their dream of turning America into a Plutocratic Oligarchy will have to wait./

    July 3, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Mikey

    Perhaps Mitt should fire the biggest liability in his campaign – HIMSELF. No sweat, though. The voters can take care of that.

    July 3, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. truth hurts

    Get rid of the milk toast poodles Romney. You need pit bulls out there representing you in front of the media and when debating Obama's drones. This Fernstrom guy is a joke. GET RID OF HIM.

    July 3, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Common sense!

    Three months ago I told Mitts to fire Beth!! but he didn't listen! Mitts do you wonna win this thing or what? no more delays!! action now

    July 3, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Now he has to take advise from someone who was forced into retirement because of his abortive attempted hostile takeover of Honeywell? Man is Willard in trouble!

    July 3, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    P.S. These old guys are smart, they are spending money to restore and save the Republican party that has been hijacked by a bunch looney tunes that have no comparable net worth and Romney as well as any other Republican would be wise to listen up.

    July 3, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    Chicago politician or not, after the last 3 1/2 years of amateur hour, Barack Obama is about as intimidating as a gnat.
    Remember he used to do these almost weekly speeches on prime time TV telling how if he got his way with this bill or that bill, Americans would be getting back to work, the economy would be booming in no time and blah blah blah blah blah? The housing issues need to be dealt with. Blah blah blah blah blah.

    Americans are not stupid and they are not fools. They listened and he got his wishes. And he was wrong. He bet our farm on the wrong horse. Now we are up to our ears in debt and he's got no plan out. I'm glad someone in this race does. Romney 2012.

    July 3, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Russ

    Yep, why wouldn't he want Romney to be king? General Electric wants to keep its "Pay No Taxes" status. He knows Romney will protect him and the Murdoch's of the country. Middle class and poor Americans? They laugh at us all the way to the bank and their water front retreats.

    July 3, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Translation: If you want my money, Mitt, then you are going to have to do things my way. I expect a significant return on my investment in you.

    July 3, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Jack go hang out with Trump and fire people to pad your own wallet. Throw Willard in the mix and you've got three peas in a pod.

    July 3, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. sayer

    One problerm with that. Mitt would have to get rid of himself. He hasn't had a job in 6 years. The world has drastically changed in 6 years. He wants to go back to the same old ways and thinks everything will be fine. Not going to happen. He can't keep up with the times.

    July 3, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Romney is the type of person who doesn't listen to people. He is use to people agreeing with him, regardless of what anyone else thinks.

    July 3, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. lsgyrl

    Myviewis, Gaspard is the only one who's not a college graduate. He attended Columbia, but did not graduate. He earned his positions by working hard. Also, you know President Obama is a graduate of columbia and Harvard Law if you've done any research. Try again.

    July 3, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |