It brought nearly immediate attacks from his rivals, and even a mocking ringtone: Mitt Romney’s January comment that he “likes being able to fire people.” But in an interview published Wednesday, the GOP candidate acknowledged that it is one moment that makes him “try and be a little more careful in what I say.”
“I have to think not only about what I say in a full sentence but what I say in a phrase,” Romney told The Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, because comments are “taken out of context, you’ll be clipped, and you’ll be battered with things you said.”
Romney made the “fire people” comment at a New Hampshire campaign event in January while taking audience questions.
“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me,” he said. “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.”
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