CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Firefighter Association criticized a comment by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The group says last week Romney alluded to the fact the nation needs fewer public workers.
Romney responded to President Barack Obama's comment, "We need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers" by saying, "It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people."
"I don't know a single person other than Mitt Romney who thinks that we have too many teachers, too many police officers and too many firefighters in our communities. We look out for each other when times are tough and now it's our turn to do the same for our communities,” said Tom Brewer, spokesperson for the Charlotte Firefighter Association. “Mitt Romney just doesn't understand that."
On Monday, Romney supporter and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu defended Romney's comments.
"Just pumping money in to add to the public payroll is not what the taxpayers of this country want,” said Gov. Sununu. “There may be others who run away from those comments, but I'm going to tell you that there are places where just pumping money in to add to the public payroll is not what the taxpayers of this country want."