Wednesday, June 13, 2012

John Sununu Schools NBC news anchor on Mitt Romney's "Wisdom" (Full Video 06-11-12)

Former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu, a surrogate for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, defended the presumptive Republican nominee's comments that the nation should have fewer teachers, firefighters and police officers, saying there was "wisdom" in Romney's remarks.

"There are municipalities, there are states where there is flight of population, and as the population goes down, you need fewer teachers. As technology contributes to community security and dealing with issues that firefighters have to issue, you would hope that you can as a taxpayer see the benefits of the efficiency in personnel you can get out of that," Sununu said during an interview on MSNBC's "Jansing & Co." Monday, prefacing that he was speaking "as a taxpayer" and not a representative of the Romney campaign. "There may be others who run away from those comments, but I'm going to tell you that there are places where just pumping money in to add to the public payroll is not what the taxpayers of this country want."
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Noelle said...

It's been a few days since I heard Romney's quote, but as I recall he said nothing about fewer teachers, police, and firefighters. What he did say, according to my recollection, is that hiring more teachers, police, and firefighters will not help improve the economy.

He further made the point that hiring teachers, police and firefighters is done on the state and local level, not the Federal level.

The public sector is supported by the private sector. If the private economy is strong and thriving, there will be money in the coffers of the government. As long as the government stifles the private sector through excessive regulation, crazy taxes and creating an environment of uncertainty, the public sector employees, specifically teachers, firefighters and police, will struggle.

Anonymous said...

Well said, Noelle.

newark hawk said...

What Romney was trying to say, however clumsily, is that technological advancements in education, security and fire prevention should allow communities to reduce the number of teachers, police & firefighters on their payrolls.

Right on substance, but wrong on style.

I'm sure Romney will correct his "gaffe" in days to come.