Mitt Romney’s skills as a businessman may be his greatest strength heading into the GOP primary, and they were addressed last night at the debate. However, Glenn pointed out that the far left will use his business background and success to attack him.
During the debate last night, Romney discussed how he upgraded his states S&P rating through a combination of spending cuts and new revenues, but argued that raising taxes are not a key part of getting on sound financial footing.
“I don't believe in raising taxes and as governor, I cut taxes 19 times and didn't raise taxes,” he said. “I went to the legislature and I said I want expanded powers to unilaterally be able to cut spending, not just to slow the rate of growth but to cut spending, and they gave it to me and I did. Of we cut spending. Every single year I was governor we balanced the budget and by the end of my term we had put in place over a $2 billion rainy day fund. That kind of leadership is what allowed us to get a credit upgrade from Standard & Poor's and that's the kind of leadership we finally need to have in the White House.”
Glenn agreed. “We have been saying for awhile that we have to have somebody run this country with some common sense. It is a business,” he said.”
“Unfortunately, you have people that are demonizing corporations and businesses and I have news for you,” he added.
It didn’t take Pat long to play audio of this demonization in an attack on Romney. At the Iowa State Fair yesterday, a heckler who shouted out that the government should abolish the Social Security cap so the rich would “pay their fair share” into the fund.
Romney, however, handled the heckler well. “You know, there was a time in this country that we didn't celebrate attacking people based on their success and when we didn't go after people because they were successful,” he said.
“All the streets in America are connected. I've watched people attack Wall Street. You know what? We're not going to tear down other Americans,” he said.
And when the heckler kept attacking corporations, Romney said, “Corporations are people, my friend.”
“Everything a corporation earns ultimately goes to the people,” he clarified.
Watch the video below:
While Stu, Pat and Glenn think he was absolutely right in his points, the crew agreed that he’s going to be attacked for his comments.
“You can't love jobs and hate the people who give them,” Pat said.