South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King: on Jobs


Mitt Romney: End crony capitalism to get Americans back to work

Q: List three or more specific programs that will put American people back to work?

ROMNEY: Let's go back and talk about, first, what you do to get the economy going. We've spoken about our tax code that's out of alignment with other nations. We've spoken about the fact that regulation is overwhelming us, that we need to become energy-secure. We have to open up markets, and we have to crack down on China when they cheat. But I'd like to talk about something else that President Obama has been doing. He's been practicing crony capitalism. And if you want to get America going again, you've got to stop the spread of crony capitalism. He gives General Motors to the UAW. He takes $500 million and sticks it into Solyndra. He stacks the labor stooges on the NLRB, so they can say no to Boeing and take care of their friends in the labor movement. This president is biggest impediment to job growth in this country, and we have to replace Barack Obama to get America working again.

Source: South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King Jan 19, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Create transitional program for returning vets, like in WWII

PAUL: After WW II, we had 10 million came home. What did we do then? They cut the budget by 60%. They cut taxes by 30%. Everybody went back to work again and you didn't need any special programs.

GINGRICH: The US government did 2 dramatic things after World War II. They created a GI Bill which enabled literally millions of returning veterans to go to college. My father, who was in WWII, went to college on a GI Bill. So there was an enormous expansion of opportunity that enabled them to integrate into a new, emerging society. The second thing they did is, they dramatically cut taxes, and the economy took off and grew dramatically, and it absorbed the workforce. So I would say we ought to both have a transition process for veterans to enable them to have a real advantage in getting a job when they come home, and we ought to have a very aggressive economic program of regulatory cuts and tax cuts, so that virtually every veteran would have a very good job at the end of the transition period.

Source: South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King Jan 19, 2012

Rick Santorum: National right-to-work law yes; Pennsylvania law no

PAUL: There's obviously a problem with car companies here. We had to bail them out. But there are foreign companies that build cars in this country and they make a living out of this. I think the union problem vs. right-to-work states [is one reason we outsource jobs to China]. I've chided Sen. Santorum on this because he has voted against right-to-work. But we have to change these conditions to invite people back.

SANTORUM: I've already signed a pledge that I would sign a national right-to-work bill And when I was a senator from Pennsylvania, which is a state that is not a right-to-work state, the state made a decision not to be right to work. And I wasn't going to go to Washington and overturn that from the federal government and do that to the state.

PAUL: As president, are you going to represent South Carolina or Pennsylvania? That's really the question.

SANTORUM: I said I would support a national right-to-work law and sign it into law, and would support and advocate for one.

Source: South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King Jan 19, 2012

Ron Paul: FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college

Rep. Ron Paul said, "After World War II, we had 10 million came home. But everybody went back to work again and you didn't need any special programs." Newt Gingrich cited the GI Bill, so we checked.

After WWII, the GI Bill let vets attend college on federal funds. According to the GI Bill website run by the Veterans Administration, "Thanks to the GI Bill, millions who would have flooded the job market instead opted for education. By the time the GI Bill ended in 1956, 7.8 million of 16 million WWII veterans had participated in an education or training program." That directly contradicts Rep. Paul's implication: while the overall budget was cut after WWII, federal spending on the GI Bill increased (there were numerous other GI programs too, such as 2.4 million home loan guarantees to veterans). It is simply untrue that "everybody went back to work": 49% of all WWII vets went to college on a federal subsidy, which also means it's simply untrue that we "didn't need any special programs."

Source: OnTheIssues FactCheck on South Carolina 2012 GOP debate Jan 19, 2012

Ron Paul: National right-to-work law reduces outsourcing

PAUL: There's obviously a problem with car companies here. We had to bail them out. But there are foreign companies that build cars in this country and they make a living out of this. I think the union problem vs. right-to-work states [is one reason we outsource jobs to China]. I've chided Sen. Santorum on this because he has voted against right-to-work. But we have to change these conditions to invite people back.

SANTORUM: I've already signed a pledge that I would sign a national right-to-work bill And when I was a senator from Pennsylvania, which is a state that is not a right-to-work state, the state made a decision not to be right to work. And I wasn't going to go to Washington and overturn that from the federal government and do that to the state.

PAUL: As president, are you going to represent South Carolina or Pennsylvania? That's really the question.

SANTORUM: I said I would support a national right-to-work law and sign it into law, and would support and advocate for one.

Source: South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King Jan 19, 2012

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2012 Presidential contenders on Jobs:
Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
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Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
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