The problem with running for office is that you really do have to keep talking. When Mitt Romney says that he hasn’t seen the ads run by a Super PAC that supports him and then a breath later says “the ad I saw says that,” you can see something about his character – or at least his nature as a candidate.
The Democratic National Committee ad Steve Benen spotlights today seems overly long for the purpose. How many days (hours?) before the Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich shades over for a 30-second version?
This morning in Nashua, New Hampshire, NBC embed Garrett Haake report Mr. Romney saying, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
This one’s coming out on the Twitters as “I like being able to fire people,” in keeping with Mr. Romney’s reputation for looking the guy who would fire you and for having made millions doing exactly that. (Full disclosure: NBCUniversal and Mitt Romney’s old firm, Bain Capital, are each a part owner of the Weather Channel.)
Garrett sends over the full quote from this morning, just so you have it. Mr. Romney was talking about health insurance:
“I want individuals to have their own insurance. That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me… . You know if someone doesn’t give me a good service that I need, I want to say I’m going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.”
That’s a little softer than just “I like being able to fire people,” but still not wicked cuddly. National Democrats see enough value in it that they jammed the clip onto YouTube moments ago.