Mitt Romney finds the Obama campaign's accusations that the public sector would lose jobs under his leadership "completely absurd," he said on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning. After Romney said last Friday that the president's proposals to put more teachers, firefighters and policemen back to work was a bad idea, the Obama campaign countered in the last few days that Romney would cut these jobs.
"That's a very strange accusation," Romney said. "Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn't pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that's completely absurd."
But Romney also stood by his opposition to the federal government facilitating more hiring public sector hiring. "He's got a new idea, though, and that is to have another stimulus and to have the federal government send money to try and bail out cities and states," Romney said of President Obama. "It didn't work the first time. It certainly wouldn't work the second time."