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Romney: Not One More Bureaucrat

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Last week, President Obama promoted his proposal to overhaul the government's trade and commerce-related functions, creating what he called a "Secretary of Business."

GOP nominee Mitt Romney is having none of it, Politico reports. “We don’t need a secretary of business to understand business," he told a crowd of supporters in Roanoke, Va., Thursday. "We need a president who understands business.”

Romney also ripped Obama and the reorganization proposal in a new campaign ad. “His solution to everything is to add another bureaucrat,” the ad's narrator says:

In Obama's defense, it seems clear that his proposal is not to add another Cabinet secretary, but to consolidate functions of government and reorganize them in what he characterizes as a more coherent way.

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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