by Melody Johnson
Mitt Romney appeared on Fox & Friends to walk back his suggestion that we should not hire “more firemen, more policemen, more teachers.”
On Friday, after President Obama called for federal funding to stem the tide of public-sector job losses, Romney mocked the president, claiming “he wants to add more to government.” Romney continued: “He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message in Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
On Monday, Fox & Friends’ defense of Romney’s comments included deceptively editing remarks by David Axelrod so that Romney’s comments would not appear in the clip.
But today, the show took a slightly different tack. While the co-hosts still did not air the initial comments from Romney, they referred to them during an interview with the candidate and gave him the opportunity to walk them back.