Regardless of who the next president is, work on preventing the fiscal cliff will have to begin almost immediately after the election.
Republican Mitt Romney's business skills won't necessarily make him a good leader, but they could make him good at working with Congress, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman said on Wednesday.
"I haven't seen a good example yet of a businessperson come into government and make it run like a business," Huntsman said. "We forget that the cultures are very different and I think the presumed outcomes are different as well." But Romney, with his consulting background, is "very well-schooled in how you get deals done," Huntsman said.
Huntsman, who served as governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, and as United States ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993,= and China from 2009 to 2011, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol, and former Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., agreed that the two presidential candidates have very different leadership styles. Speaking at a Brookings Institution panel, they said the campaigns the two men are heading don't necessarily reveal those leadership skills -- or the compromises either President Obama or Romney might be willing to make after the election.
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"I don't think Governor Romney can tell you what he wants to do. He just wants to be a good president. And because of that, he's just weaving around out there," Gordon said of the Republican campaign. Obama "does have those few things that he wants to get done, that he's passionate about," he said.