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Exclusive: Ron Paul Defends Romney, Lashes Out at His Critics

ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- In an exclusive ABC News interview outside a Manchester polling place, Ron Paul lashed out at fellow Republicans for making unfair and ignorant attacks on Mitt Romney’s business record.

“I think they’re wrong. I think they’re totally misunderstanding the way the market works,” Paul told me. “They are either just demagoguing or they don’t have the vaguest idea how the market works.”

Paul also came to Romney’s defense for saying, “I like to be able to fire people.”

“I think they’re unfairly attacking him on that issue because he never really literally said that,” Paul said.  “They’ve taken him way out of context. …He wants to fire companies.”

In Paul’s view, Romney is right to say that he created jobs by restructuring companies.

“I think they’re way overboard on saying that he wants to fire people, he doesn’t care,” Paul said.  “You save companies, you save jobs when you reorganize companies that are going to go bankrupt. And they don’t understand that.”

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