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October 13, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Romney jokes about wanting to hire Ballmer years ago

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened his talk about trade policy at Microsoft today with an anecdote about trying to recruit Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer years ago.

Romney was in charge of recruiting at Bain & Company back in the 1970s and early 1980s, he said in a video posted by GeekWire.

“I met with Steve. He said he was thinking about the offer I’d made him but that he was thinking of going off with a couple of other folks and forming a company called Microsoft,” Romney said. “And he was trying to decide between the two. I told him I thought it was very high risk to come to Microsoft. I’d forgotten that I’d tried to recruit him because I recruited a lot of people. When I saw him, he said: ‘Mitt, do you remember recruiting me?’ I said: ‘No, I didn’t remember but had you joined us, you’d be worth a million or two by now.”

Seattle Times politics reporter Jim Brunner covered Romney’s talk. Here’s his post on the talk.

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