We'll also make America's families stronger by demanding that hardworking women get paid the same as men when they do the same job.
Elizabeth Emken: I'm concerned about public union influence, which constitutes three of the top five federal political campaign donors. Union dues provide deep pockets to support politicians who in turn support increasing the size of government and more union jobs.
A: Well, not terribly accurate.
Q: Bain Capital, a company you helped to form, among other things, often buys up companies, strips them down, gets them ready resells them at a net job loss to American workers.
A: You know, that might be how some people would like to characterize what we did, but in fact, we started businesses at Bain Capital, and when we acquired businesses, in each case we tried to make them bigger, make them more successful and grow. The idea that somehow you can strip things down and it makes them more valuable is not a real effective investment strategy. We tried to make these businesses more successful. By the way, they didn't all work. But during the years I was there, we added tens of thousands of jobs to the businesses we helped support. That experience, succeeding, failing, competing around the world, is what gives me the capacity to help get this economy going again.
ROMNEY: Oh, absolutely. People are convinced that we're going to go into another recession. I sure hope we don't. People are worried about whether they can make their bills at the end of the month A lot of folks have stopped looking for work. We have a crisis in confidence in part because we have an absence of leadership.
I put together an outline of what it takes to get America back on the right track. It's a whole series of changes that have to occur, from energy policy, to tax policy, regulatory policy, changes in our trade policies.
We've got to change the way we're structured economically if we want to get people back to work in this country and keep America as we've always been, this extraordinary job machine. We can be the best place in the world to be in the middle class again, with jobs plentiful for our kids and for each one of us that are looking for those jobs today. I know how to do that. And that's why I'm in this race.
A: Actually, what Americans are looking for is someone who can get this country working again. And we put the model in place in the state of Texas. When you look at what we have done over the last decade, we created 1 million jobs in the state of Texas. At the same time, America lost 2.5 million.
Q: But the counterargument is the number of low-wage jobs and that unemployment is better in over half the states than it is right now in Texas.
A: Well, the first part of that comment is incorrect, becaus 95% of all the jobs that we've created have been above minimum wage. So I'm proud of what we've done in the state of Texas. And for the White House or anyone else to be criticizing creation of jobs now in America, I think is a little bit hypocritical.
The new ad features four workers who say they were fired from H-P while Fiorina earned millions of dollars in compensation. One former employee says some of the American jobs eliminated were moved to China: "We even had to train our replacements."
"Fiorina never cared about our jobs--not then and not now," one of the workers says in conclusion.
A spokeswoman for Fiorina described the accusations in the ad as "outlandish, hypocritical" and "completely illogical," and questioned whether the workers featured in the ad had traveled overseas to train their replacements. In light of Boxer's criticisms, Fiorina has also suggested that Boxer return contributions from companies that have laid off workers or moved American jobs overseas.
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