Ex-Romney adviser praises economic populism

Oren Cass, a domestic policy director for now-Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump selects White House lawyer for coronavirus inspector general Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans MORE’s (R-Utah) 2012 presidential campaign, praised economic populism Tuesday while discussing his new conservative economic organization. 

Cass told the Hill.TV’s “Rising” that the new organization, American Compass, is aimed at restoring an “economic consensus that really emphasizes the importance of family, community and industry to the national liberty and prosperity.”

“Looking beyond the market fundamentalism that's sort of taken over the right of center and get back to what conservatives care about in a sense,” he added. 

Cass said what is now widely considered conservative economics, “isn't conservative at all. It’s developed by the libertarian segment.” 

The difference is libertarians view the free market as “the ned unto itself,” Cass said.

“Conservatives like markets, I think markets are great … but markets are a means, one means, to the ends that conservatives are actually focussed on in terms of family, community work, these traditional institutions,” he added.