It’s not my idea – today on Fox and Friends, Brian Kilmeade put me in the Oval Office to talk about how I would respond to Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s request for help with al Qaeda in Iraq. Unfortunately, we missed a big opportunity when we did not leave a residual force in the region. But here’s what I would do now to try to clean up the mess Obama left:
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LT. COL. ALLEN WEST weighed in on the government shut down. West said that this is a great time to start looking at what is essential in the government. “What are the priorities of the federal government?”West asked. He went on to state that 6.6 percent of the EPA was deemed essential, which is a little over 1,000 of the 16,000 people. “This is a great time for us to start looking and saying ‘What can we do to trim back the government?’”
Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital is causing some consternation within Republican ranks. Newt Gingrich, who has been aggressively raising the issue, told Bloomberg News: “[Romney’s] got some very big questions to answer, that the Wall Street Journal reported in one case they bought a company. They put $30 million in. They took $180 million out and the company went bankrupt. Now, at some point, somebody’s got to explain.” This morning on Fox, even stalwart right-winger Rep. Allen West refused to say he was “comfortable” with Romney’s work at Bain:
BRIAN KILMEADE: Republican candidates have taken shots at Mitt Romney’s private equity background — what he did at Bain Capital. Are you comfortable with that?
ALLEN WEST: Well I think one of the things that Gov. Romney probably needs to do is explain his position there at Bain Capital.
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