The Truth-O-Meter Says:

"I was pretty proud of being the only guy on the stage that ever had a job in the private sector."

Mitt Romney on Friday, January 25th, 2008 in a campaign rally in Pensacola.

He should check their resumes

Mitt Romney likes to trumpet his experience in the private sector. He was the head of the 2002 Winter Olympics and founder of Bain Capital, a venture capital and investment firm.

During a campaign rally in Pensacola on Jan. 25, 2008, the day after a Republican debate, Romney boasted, "I was pretty proud of being the only guy on the stage that ever had a job in the private sector."

He needs to check the resumes of his rivals.

Three of the four other candidates on the stage with Romney at the Boca Raton debate have private sector experience.

Rep. Ron Paul was an obstetrician from 1968 to 1996 and has delivered more than 4,000 babies. That sounds like the private sector to us.

Mike Huckabee has held several private sector jobs. He was a minister at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Ark., the producer of radio and TV ads and a founder of KBSC-TV, a Christian TV station in Texarkana, Ark., now known as KLFI-TV. He served as the station's president from 1987 through 1992. He hosted a show called Positive Alternatives and, during his tenure, the station started airing Texarkana football.

Rudy Giuliani has spent much of his career in public service, but he practiced law with the firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler from 1977 to 1981. When he stepped down from being mayor of New York in 2002, he founded Giuliani Partners, a consulting firm in emergency preparedness, public safety, crisis management, energy and health care. In 2005, he became a partner in Bracewell & Giuliani, a large law firm.

When we inquired with a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign about the remark, she said Romney was referring to business experience. But we find plenty of the private-sector experience of the other candidates to be in business – especially Giuliani's work for the consulting firm, Huckabee's work at the Christian TV station and Paul's work running a medical practice. And so we find Romney's statement to be False.

(For a PolitiFact chart summarizing the candidates' experience, click here.)

About this statement:

Published: Friday, January 25th, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Candidate Biography


Project Vote Smart, Mike Huckabee bio

Encylclopedia of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee

History of KLFI

City of New York, Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani Campaign, About Rudy Giuliani

Almanac of American Politics 2002, bio of Rep. Ron Paul

Office of Rep. Ron Paul, Bio of Ron Paul

Romney Campaign, Mitt Romney bio

Written by: Bill Adair, Jennifer Liberto
Researched by: Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holan
Edited by: Amy Hollyfield

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