Mitt Romney Likes Being Able to ‘Fire People’


Let’s start with a hypothetical: Say you want to be president of the United States, but are said to give off an unappealing, out-of-touch, millionaire businessman vibe, making it hard to relate to most Americans.

If this happens to be the case, a thing that you might strongly consider avoiding on the campaign trail is saying that you enjoy firing people — especially when a lot of voters can’t get work.

Mitt Romney, who is vying to be the Republican contender in the 2012 presidential election, does have the not-so-hypothetical problem of coming across as out-of-touch. Nevertheless, he managed to say “I like being able to fire people” in New Hampshire — a day before the state’s Republican presidential primary vote.

Romney stopped in Nashua, New Hampshire today to chat about his years of entry level work in the private sector — he was suggesting that he had to work his way up from his bootstraps, as per the usual storytelling of rich politicians.

Anyway, Romney began boosting his health care plan — which would let people buy their own insurance — saying that it’s also good for companies.

He then added: “It also means that if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them…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 go get someone else to provide that service to me.”

These comments came just one day after Romney made another pretending-to-be-an-everyman gaffe. On Sunday, he told people that he had felt worried about getting a “pink slip” at several junctures, but couldn’t give details about any of those alleged instances.