Romney proposing federal department cuts?
Assessing GOP candidate's plans
- Duration 2:38
- Date Apr 16, 2012
Assessing GOP candidate's plans
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Is your election headquarters -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney promising to scale back the size of government.
At a recent fund raiser in Florida he's reportedly promising to either eliminated or shrink.
Several government agencies including the departments of education and housing.
Little bit of confusion on exactly what the candidate is calling for there was a conference call earlier today which one of his spokespeople said that he is in fact.
Not talking about eliminating these departments Tucker Carlson is the editor of the daily caller -- you Fox News contributor.
Good -- see -- so I think it's an important distinction he's not talking about doing away with.
For example the Department of Education -- the Department of Housing and Urban Development but a lot of conservatives would like to hear that kind of talk -- you think.
Well it's not exactly clear what he is talking about and I'm sure at some point the campaign clarified it he apparently didn't say.
On news quoted in in the weekly standard as saying that he will does plan to consolidate shrink and eliminate some departments but he said look I've been through this before it raining it's Ted Kennedy in 94.
I was attacked for being against education site called for the elimination of the Department of Education.
Sun not gonna specify what I'm for but he has said he is gonna eliminate some departments -- won't say which.
Conservatives have wanted this for a long time.
Eighteen years ago 1994 when that Republican.
Revolution took place they they came to power in Washington on the promise that they would eliminate.
A whole cabinet departments that of course didn't happen pretty tough to eliminating cabinet department turns out well that's.
I was gonna say and and and this might give us a window into.
The tricky business that Mitt Romney is going to have in the general election campaign to continue to speak to conservative voters around the country.
While also trying to appeal to the independent voters who -- is actually going to need to win over if he's going to win the white.
-- well that's -- that's exactly right I mean.
I don't think that Mitt Romney has unlike previous nominees on the Republican side.
You know put himself far out of the mainstream in the primary he hasn't gone.
Yes and actually taken -- weakens conservative positions and that's been part of the reason it's taken this long for wrap up the nomination.
So I don't think he needs to backtrack plot and I don't think that he well but the bottom line with the departments is it's very easy to demagogue that question there's of course no evidence.
That there's a direct correlation between how much the federal government spends an education and how good the education is how impressive the outcomes -- there's no evidence that but it's very easy to say.
My opponent is against teaching your children because he's shall name this department the bottom line.
You -- nothing in Washington ever goes away once it's created and funded.
That's -- it it'll be there long after we're dead Tucker Carlson is the editor of the daily caller -- a Fox News contributor good to see Tucker thanks.