Mitt Romney slammed Newt Gingrich for his idea of offering government incentives to private companies interested in building a moon colony, saying that as the head of a company, he would fire the person who brought that idea in front of him.

“I spent 25 years in business,” Romney said. “If I had a business executive come to me and say they wanted to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon, I’d say you’re fired. The idea that corporate America wants to go off to the moon and build a colony there, it may be a big idea but it’s not a good idea.”

A surprisingly significant portion of Thursday’s GOP debate centered around Newt Gingrich’s ambitious plan to colonize the moon before the completion of his second term, should he be elected.

Romney accused Gingrich of pandering to Florida’s electorate with the idea.

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