Mitt Romney said in an interview on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning that Barack Obama’s campaign’s charge that he wants to cut jobs for firefighters and teachers was “completely absurd.”
Here’s the exchange with host Brian Kilmeade, coming around the 1:40 mark in the video:
KILMEADE: [Obama] says you want to cut firefighters and teachers, that you don’t understand what’s going on in these communities. What do you say to that, governor?
ROMNEY: Well, that’s a very strange accusation. Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that’s completely absurd. He’s got a new idea, though. And that is to have another stimulus and to have the federal government send money to try and bail out cities and states. It didn’t work the first time. It certainly wouldn’t work the second time.
Romney has caught fire in recent days for his comments on Friday, when he hit Obama for his “private-sector-is-doing-fine” remarks and charged him with wanting more “government workers — specifically, “more firemen, more policemen, more teachers.”
The Obama campaign pounced on these remarks, producing a campaign ad Monday that also hit on Romney’s record with first responders and teachers as Massachusetts governor.
Romney is off-message even among his surrogates and allies in the Republican Party, including conservative rock star Scott Walker, who exempted firefighters and police from his own controversial public-sector unions law.
In the Fox & Friends interview Tuesday, Romney also got a chance to blast his opponent for Obama’s Friday gaffe — his comment that the “private sector is doing fine.”
“He’s had a number of very revealing comments that show just how far out of touch he is with what’s happening in the country,” Romney said.
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