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Mittens Likes to Fire People?

Topic: The Republicans | By Patricia Murphy | January 9, 2012

If you’ve watched the news in the last 24 hours, you know that Mitt Romney was in New Hampshire Monday and said, “I like to fire people.”

But if you’re anything like us, you thought to yourself, “Could someone with a name like Mittens really be so cruel?”  And the answer is no…sort of.

Mitt Romney did indeed say he likes to fire people.  Here’s the exact quote from the Nashua Chamber of Commerce: “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. If someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I want to say, ‘You know, I’m going to get someone else to provide this service to me.’”  Romney was talking at the time about having the flexibility to change insurance companies if he wants to, not about the rush he gets when he hands out pink slips.

But because Romney is a multi-multi-millionaire who is running for president, and because he ran a consulting firm that did sometimes recommend that other companies fire people, it just sounded bad.  And in politics, sounding bad is the same thing as being bad.

Jon Huntsman jumped on Romney’s remark and told reporters he prefers to hire people instead of fire them, while Newt Gingrich accused Romney of “looting” companies to get rich quick.   Romney went to a metal factory to explain what he really meant to say.   CJP was there and you can read all about it HERE.