On Friday, Mitt Romney argued policymakers can “help the American people” by laying off, not just public-sector workers in general, but specifically school teachers, police officers, and firefighters. The call for more public-sector austerity was immediately welcomed by President Obama’s re-election team.
Any chance the Romney camp might walk this back? Apparently not – former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R), a leading Romney surrogate, talked to msnbc’s Chris Jansing this morning, doubling down on the pro-layoffs line. Sununu said “people ought to stop jumping on it as a gaffe” – he’s right; this was a policy position, not a gaffe – but added that Romney’s position is “wise.”