Ex-Romney adviser praises economic populism

Oren Cass, a domestic policy director for now-Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyWill anyone from the left realize why Trump won — again? Ratings drop to 55M for final Trump-Biden debate Bipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning 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.