Well, At Least, He's Not a Birther
by Charles Lemos, Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 01:16:36 PM EDT
In an interview with Larry Kudlow on CNBC Tuesday, former Massachusetts Governor and third place finisher in the 2008 GOP presidential primaries Mitt Romney said he thought there were legitimate reasons to want Mr. Obama out of the White House - but that "birther"-inspired claims were not credible. Romney emphasized "I think the citizenship test has been passed."
Kudos to Mitt Romney for being so forceful at the risk of alienating himself from the not insignificant in numbers birther wing of the GOP.
Romney, who announced earlier in the week that he had formed an exploratory committee, did take the President to task over the economy giving a foretaste of how he plans to frame his campaign strategy.
"Look, when it comes to the economy, the president has been incompetent," Romney told Kudlow. "He just hasn't done what is necessary to get Americans back to work. You've got roughly 20 million Americans who stopped looking for jobs or can't find work, and that's inexcusable in a nation that's as productive and innovative as this nation."
"Overwhelmingly, his people come from academics and from politics," Romney continued, of the president's staffing choices. "He doesn't...he doesn't have the confidence in the private sector people that you need to give him the help on the economy that he needs."
When asked about the health care reform bill he enacted while serving as governor of Massachusetts, Romney reiterated his standard line of defense on the issue.
"One thing I learned is this, which is that you don't take ideas from a state and try to impose them on a whole nation," he said.