WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has built his candidacy for president on his experience in the private sector, constantly hailing his management skills as central to his approach to tackling the nation’s problems. But on the morning of the first presidential debate, former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and conservative pundit Bill Kristol questioned that logic, arguing that the government is not a business.
“I think his attitude [toward the presidency] would be efficiency,” Huntsman said of Romney at a Brookings Institute panel in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. “‘I’m going to come in and look at running the government like a business,’ which sometimes isn’t the right answer, because the government isn’t a business.”
“I haven’t seen a good example yet of a businessperson come into government and make it run like a business,” he continued. “We forget that the cultures are very different, and I think the presumed outcomes are different as well.”