Disparaging the New York Times is fast becoming a rite of passage for Republican presidential candidates.
In an interview with St. Louis’s FM News Talk 97.1 on Tuesday, Ted Cruz argued that Republicans shouldn’t listen to “The New York Times and other leftist rags” when picking their presidential nominee.
Cruz’s remark comes one week after former Florida governor Jeb Bush told Fox News Radio that he didn’t read the Times — despite the fact that he once told Esquire he read the paper every day.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie similarly lashed out at America’s paper of record during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. “I don’t care what they write about me in The New York Times, they can keep it,” he said. “I don’t subscribe.”
Mitt Romney said Saturday night that it pains him to fire workers in order to make a company more profitable, responding to criticism from Newt Gingrich, who cited a New York Times story on one of Romney’s ventures.
“It always pains you if you have to be in a position of downsizing a business in order to make it more successful,” Romney said. “I’m not surprised to have the New York Times try to put free enterprise on trial…It’s a little surprising from my colleagues on this stage.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney said that the laid-off workers are victims of the free market. “Sometimes investments don’t work and you’re not successful,” he said.
But Gingrich, the former House Speaker, questioned whether Romney’s private equity ventures were aimed at creating jobs or quick profit for capitalists.
Gingrich said he’s all for the free market, but “I’m not nearly enamored of a Wall Street model where you can go in and flip companies, have leveraged buyouts, basically take out all the money, leaving behind the workers.”
He cited 1,700 fired workers in a New York Times story on one of Romney’s corporate raids.
“If it’s factually accurate, it raises questions,” he said.
Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain sat down with three GQ reporters to talk pizza, ice cream and his campaign in an interview published Monday.
The reporters asked him about which ice cream flavor his opponents were.
He said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is often perceived as boring, is “just plain vanilla.” Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has stumbled in his campaign after being the frontrunner in late August shortly after his campaign started, was “rocky road.” When asked about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), he said, “Michele Bachmann … I’m not going to say it. I’m not going to say it.” When pressed again, he said, “Tutti-frutti. I know I’m going to get in trouble!”
After former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called Cain the “flavor of the week” in a September Fox News appearance, Cain said on “The Tonight Show” that he was “Haagen-Dazs Black Walnut” and that the flavor “lasts longer than a week.”
He said in another interview, “I can eat black walnut all the time — it’s not a flavor of the week! It’s not that heavy. You can eat it on the cone or in a cup.” Haagen Dazs no longer makes the flavor, which was a limited edition.
In the interview with GQ, Cain also said the prospect of a Bachmann presidency would make him “a little nervous.” He said twice that the Minnesota congresswoman “doesn’t have a plan” on the economy. Bachmann has criticized Cain for his 999 tax plan and said that he has an inconsistent record on abortion. (Cain gave contradictory answers on his abortion stance in interviews last month.)
Bachmann and Cain, however, both said they would use waterboarding as president Saturday night in a GOP debate in South Carolina, which Cain said was not torture.
Cain was also asked by GQ what you can tell about a man by the kind of pizza he likes. “The more toppings a man has has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is,” he said. However, he said a pizza “piled high with vegetables” was “sissy pizza.”
The interview took place before allegations surface that Cain had sexual harassed women when he was president of the National Restaurant Association. Monday afternoon, high-profile attorney Gloria Allred will be holding a press conference with a former boyfriend of Sharon Bialek, who worked at the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation.
Bialek, with Allred at her side in a press conference last Monday, accused Cain of groping her in 1997. Cain has denied remembering Bialek and has maintained that he never sexually harassed anyone.