Polls have opened in New Hampshire, the site of the nation’s first presidential primary. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is widely expected to win even though he is coming under increasing scrutiny over his record heading up the private equity firm Bain Capital. On Monday, Romney made an offhand remark about how he enjoys firing people. Romney made the comment as he touted his health policy as a means to increase competition among health insurers.
Mitt Romney: “I want individuals to have their own insurance. That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means that if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman responded to Romney’s statement by saying, “Governor Romney enjoys firing people. I enjoy creating jobs.” Huntsman, who did not campaign in Iowa, has been surging in the New Hampshire polls and has received endorsements from two key newspapers: the Concord Monitor and the Boston Globe. Some analysts say Huntsman could place as high as second.