October 5th, 2012
11:54 PM ET

Keeping them Honest: Jack Welch interview part 2

Former GE CEO Jack Welch says on AC360: "I've got a tweet out there that I stand by."

CNN's Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi joins the conversation and says to Welch.."You gotta take this opportunity, while everyone is listening to you, to actually say 'Yes Anderson I'm taking that tweet back'..."

Velshi pushes Welch to send out a new tweet that would explain he "was exaggerating." Welch replies.."I should have had a question mark Ali at the back of it, let's face it ok?"

When Velshi asks about the conspiracy part of the tweet which stated 'these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers'
Welch says.. "...these numbers are implausible" and later adds.."I'm not a Romney surrogate, I'm not in the campaign, I've never talked to the campaign... I just believe this number should not determine the outcome of the Presidential election."

Watch part one of the interview

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Ann Solberg

    Thank you Mr. Velshi for calling Jack Welch to account for his irresponsible and paranoid tweet accusing the White House of fabricating the jobs number. Hang in there in the interest of a reasonable, facts-based public discourse!

    October 6, 2012 at 4:40 am |
  2. jamesmcmurtry

    What a crock. Mr. Welch's post didn't imply an honest disagreement about a difficult analysis. He clearly implied that a very serious crime had been committed (gaming the BLS numbers). He should really stand by his tweet, and call for an independent investigation, or apologize to the civil servants he slandered. This "the numbers are implausible" cop-out is pretty thin gruel. Either apologize or game up and call out the alleged corruption. Otherwise, shame on you sir.

    October 6, 2012 at 2:57 am |
  3. jamesmcmurtry

    To be clear, Mr. Welch didn't say "these economists made a mistake when calculating these numbers". His tweet clearly implied the civil servants who put these numbers together are "in on the fix". He should be ashamed of himself, all the more because he knows what a serious crime it is to deliberately throw such an important report. He owes some folks an apology, or his reputation will be tarnished.

    October 6, 2012 at 2:54 am |
  4. Andy, New York

    Jeff Welch questions the authenticity of the numbers because it changes the discuss or does not favor Republican rhetorics. My question for him is, why was it right when it was above 8% and wrong when it actually dropped? isn't that one of the most misleading political and unpatriotic sentiments to put out there? These republican surrogates keep saying they all want President Obama to succeed but get wired and overly critical when his policies indicates signs of progress. The real enemy of the economy and largely so, enemy of the 47% are those who want Americans to believe that they are worst off just to get elected or get their candidates elected even when evidence shows they are no better.

    October 6, 2012 at 1:31 am |