On January 9, 2012, The Hill reported:
Mitt Romney has tried to portray himself as a regular guy in campaign speeches and meet-and-greet events with voters but his penchant for gaffes has undermined the effort, which Democrats plan to exploit in a general-election match-up.
His remark Monday that he likes to be able “fire people” is the latest awkward statement that will haunt him if he wins the GOP nomination.
Democrats on Monday described the statement as one of several “silver bullets” they plan to use in the summer and fall if Romney becomes the Republican nominee.
Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic super-PAC focused on researching the records of Republican politicians, said Romney’s comments would play center stage in the general campaign.
“Every other day he says something so out of touch with middle-class values. We have a Tommy-gun assault of silver bullets — his jokes about being unemployed himself, that corporations are people and worrying about a pink slip,” he said.
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