Romney Under Fire For Claiming To Know The Fear Of Being Fired

Mitt Romney unemployment commentAs this year's field of Republican presidential candidates heads into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, plenty of focus is on the leader of the pack -- Mitt Romney. The one-time Massachusetts governor is on familiar territory in the Granite State, and polls show Romney coasting to an easy win.

That's despite increased attacks from the likes of Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, who have questioned Romney's conservative credentials. Romney has largely weathered such attacks, but recent claims by the multimillionaire that he knows what it's like to worry about losing a job are drawing fire from critics as phony.

"I know what it's like to worry about whether you're going to get fired," Romney said in comments in Rochester, N.H., after Sunday's GOP debate. "There were a couple of times I wondered if I was going to get a pink slip," according to CBS News.

But his rivals were having none of it. While campaigning in South Carolina, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said it's not likely the former Bain Capital executive was worried about getting a pink slip, but rather "whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out," ABC News reports.

Perry, who is struggling with his own campaign for the Republican nomination, charged that Romney eliminated hundreds of jobs in South Carolina in the wake of downsizing at Bain Capital, which Romney co-founded and led for more than a dozen years in the 1980s and 1990s.

Former House Leader Newt Gingrich says Romney has benefited from the loss of thousands of jobs. "Bain, at times, engaged in behavior where they looted a company, leaving behind 1,700 unemployed people," Gingrich said in a weekend debate in Concord, N.H.

Speaking Monday morning on NBC's "Today Show," Gingrich defended his attacks on Romney, Reuters reports. "At some point Romney is going to have to hold a press conference and walk through, with considerable detail, some of the companies that Bain took over where they apparently looted the companies, left people totally unemployed and walked off with millions of dollars," Gingrich said on the program.

For his part, Romney repeated his claim that Bain invested in businesses that "have now added over 100,000 jobs," an assertion that USA Today calls "misleading."

Still, Romney continues to attract the support of key Republicans, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christy and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, both of whom see Romney as the most qualified presidential candidate to go up against President Barack Obama in the fall election.

Whether New Hampshire voters and those in other states will support Romney based on his claims that he knows what it's like to be an everyday worker remain to be seen. But the controversy that the claim has created won't likely die down anytime soon.

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Taken totally out of context as usual for the Puffington post writers! What if we couldn't fire a politician that was incompetent like BarakO. It could make you happy to have the ability to fire someone.. It will make me and a lot of people happy to see him fired....Now it's in context!

January 10 2012 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
god is dead

man that chartrand dude is hella annoying.

January 10 2012 at 3:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i dunno, i dont think obama has had a chance yet because he came into a big fat mess that bush left.

January 10 2012 at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to bellagrlxitalia's comment

President Obama campaigned on "fixing Washington, creating jobs, and reducing the deficit". Even though he inherited it from the previous President, he did not do what he said he was going to do and therefore, should not be re-elected.

January 10 2012 at 3:54 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Romney's claim that Bain added over 100,000 jobs probably fails to mention that they also layed off 300,000. Is this who you want to vote for? Somebody that is trying to fool you by giving you part of the information. Somebody that claims they were worried about a pink slip so they will seem just like you when in reality they are nowhere near like you. That's my kind of candidate, one who can lie and decieve his way in.

January 10 2012 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Romney goes in the best prepared to beat Obama, pull this country out of the socialist/welfare pit into which is is falling, to reverse ObamaCare and give us reforms that make sense, reverse economy-crushing Dodd Frank, and take us toward energy independence. Enough of this welfare state, class warfare politics waged by the liberals of this nation!

January 10 2012 at 1:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to drmaxchartrand's comment

It isn't class warfare. The President Obama wants to put the taxes back to where they were under Bush Sr. and Clinton. You know, when this country was booming. All I keep hearing is "the rich create jobs when taxes are low", well it seems mighty funny that when they started getting all the tax breaks, working Americans started losing jobs and then their homes, then their sense of pride. Business started closing, but corporations started making record profits AND IT STILL CONTINUES.

The only thing that is gonna get America back on track is to
1) Revert the taxes back to where they were pre Bush Jr. (Bush SR. was the last republican to have some balls of his own but the party turned on him because of that re-election
2)Put manufacturing jobs back in this country. Why in the hell are we importing our own products back into out country?
3)Find new sources of energy. Everything Obama tried to do in this regard has been shut down by the GOP. EVERYTHING.
4)The majority of the citizens of this country need to wake up and think for themselves. They are being brainwashed everyday.

January 10 2012 at 6:05 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

You are living in a fantasy world if you beleive there is any politcal differance between Mitt and OB. But then again when you talk of "socialist/wefare pits" I assume there's no hope of you seeing reality again. Obama based his health care reform on Romney's reform in Massachusetts. Romney's is in fact a bit more socialist in its core.

January 10 2012 at 6:09 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Romney could be the best thing that ever happened to the Democrat Party.

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January 10 2012 at 1:06 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to dorianmbell's comment

I agree totally!

January 10 2012 at 1:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Statements like that are an insult to our intelligence. Shame on Romney for thinking the 'little people' can be fooled by that sort of specious rhetoric. He is both disrespectful of and grossly out of touch with the plight of the middle-and-lower classes.

January 10 2012 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mazaranne's comment

Why would you take it away from him that he wishes to do a good job in the marketplace like everybody else??? He was given everything he has---this is so prejudiced, it is difficult to fathom the motivation behind it.

January 10 2012 at 1:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

if they dug up nixons bones and ran them against obama they would win in a will anyone who comes out of this murky field. the press reports otherwise and the lemmings out there (yes you) swallow it hook line and sinker but obama will lose in a landslide.

January 10 2012 at 12:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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January 10 2012 at 1:55 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Not true, anyone can get a pink slip. But what Romney said was taken out of context by those who don't listen or comprehend the business world. Any one who owns a company has to rid of those not needed in that business world anylonger. We have been business owners, its not easy to fire someone but it has to be done sometimes.

January 09 2012 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to dhkh1800's comment

I agree.

January 10 2012 at 1:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's not just those that are "not needed in that business world any longer", sometimes a company has to just let go of people who just can't do the work - and sometimes it's due to the fact that orders have dropped off to the point where the business owners know they have to let people go. No money coming in = no money to pay workers who have no work.

January 10 2012 at 4:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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