Romney: Teacher criticism 'absurd'
ORLANDO, Fla. - June 12, 2012 (WPVI) -- Mitt Romney says it's "absurd" to think he wants to reduce the number of teachers, fire fighters and police officers.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee tells Fox News that President Barack Obama's charges to the contrary are "strange."
Last week, Romney told an Iowa crowd it's time to cut back on government and specifically cited firemen, policemen and teachers. The Obama re-election campaign seized on the comment as evidence that the Republican wants to cut middle-class jobs.
Romney tells Fox News that the criticism is "completely absurd." He says that the federal government doesn't pay for teachers, firemen or policemen.
While that's technically true in most cases, state and local governments depend on federal aid to supplement their budgets.
Romney is campaigning in Florida Tuesday.
election, florida, mitt romney, republicans, inside politics
- Multi-vehicle crash closes EB Pa. Turnpike 23 min ago
- Temps Soar
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- 2013 Troop Greetings
- 2 men sought in Deptford Twp. hotel robbery
- Quick moving blaze damages house in West Philly
- Car plunges into lake in Vineland, victims ID'd
- Security breach affected all cards, not just Target's
- Steps you can take to reduce fraud risk
- Over 75 injured in partial London theater collapse
- Is heroin addiction as close as your medicine cabinet?
- Philadelphia Police search for missing 2-year-old boy
- Photos: Pictures of the Pa. Turnpike crash 23 min ago
- 50 coworkers in Del. to split $1M Mega Millions ticket
- Temps Soar