The Republican candidate sits down with Mark Halperin. Mark asks him about how he would tackle the problems Americans struggle with every day. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney doesn’t have any answers. In fact, other than knowing how to go on and on about nothing, he doesn’t seem to know anything at all. Here’s an excerpt of the interview where you see Romney’s initial answers to Halperin’s questions:
Halperin: . . what specific skills or policies did you learn at Bain that would help you create an environment where jobs would be created?
Romney: Well that’s a bit of a question like saying, what have you learned in life that would help you lead? My whole life has been learning to lead, from my parents, to my education, to the experience I had in the private sector, to helping run the Olympics, and then of course helping guide a state.
Halperin: So when the President says he wants to focus a lot of the election and debate on your career at Bain Capital, do you welcome that?
Romney: Well, of course, I’d like to also focus on his record. What is it that he’s done as the President of the United States over the last four years?
Halperin: But you welcome scrutiny of your business record, is that right?
Romney: Mark, what I can tell you is this. The fact is that I spent twenty-five years in the private sector. And that obviously teaches you something that you don’t learn if you haven’t spent any time in the private sector. If you were to say to me, tell me what you learned from your schooling that would help you be a President, it’s like, well, how do I begin going through a list like that?
Halperin: One more question generally about jobs. For people out there, for voters who want to know what you’re about in terms of job creation, is there some new idea, some original idea, that hasn’t been part of the debate in American politics before, that you have that you think would lead to a lot of new jobs?
Romney: Well the wonderful thing about the economy is that there’s not just one element that somehow makes the whole economy turn around, or everybody in the world would have figured that out and said there’s just one little thing we have to do – you know, Greece is settled, and France and Italy are all back and well again. No, it’s a whole series of things.
Halperin: I know you’ve got a lot of ideas, but again, for voters who don’t pay close attention or who aren’t maybe going to read the whole plan, is there something within those 59, or something else you’ve developed, that you consider to be innovative and new, that you think people could really attach themselves to and say, there’s one idea that Mitt Romney has that’s new and innovative about how to create jobs.
Romney: Mark I tell you, that you’re gonna have to look at them one by one – I’ve got 59 there, you’re going to have to decide which one is the most innovative and new.
Halperin: . . Again, just in terms of voters getting to know you and understanding, doesn’t that set voters up for maybe a surprise – when you get into office you’re cutting programs or proposing cutting programs hat they care about?
Romney: Remember, that was what was asked of Chris Christie. It’s like come on Chris, why won’t you tell us all the things you’re going to change? He’s said, you know what, I’m going to cut back on spending. We’re going to work together with the legislature to find ways that Republicans and Democrats can come together and find ways to reduce spending. And the media kept saying to Chris, come on, give us the details, give us the details, we want to hang you with them. And he said look, my plan is to reduce spending and to get us to a balanced budget. He’s done that, and he’s reduced taxes as well. And I had that experience in the state of Massachusetts.
Halperin: But you’d still need more than you’ve been specific about; you just made that quite clear. Again I’ll just say…
Romney: There will be a long list of things.
You get the idea, or not.