By Madeline Smeaton–1/10/2012
Voters seem to be ignoring Mitt Romney’s talk on firing people. At an election polling site in Exeter, New Hampshire, voters said Romney’s statement about health insurance companies in the final twenty-four hours of the New Hampshire Primary will not have an effect on the returns.
He had said, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. If someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I want to say I am going to get somebody else to provide that service to me.”
Gween Goodrich is an Exeter voter. She said she is not take the candidate’s comments out of context. “He meant if he wanted a different insurance company, he could get rid of it, fire it, and take another one,” she said. “That’s what the context was.”
Corinne Armstrong is another Romney supporter. She does not think voters should take his comments seriously. “It sounds a little ridiculous, and I think people are smarter than that,” she said.
Even some Jon Huntsman supporters agree. “There might be five people that vote against Romney, because they heard that, and misunderstood it, but I don’t think it will have a material effect,” said Kathleen Mahoney.
But GOP candidates, including Huntsman, are using Romney’s words to attack his political character.
“Romney enjoys firing people,” said Huntsman to the media in Concord. “I enjoy creating jobs.”