GOP anti-Bain quotes used in ad from pro-Obama super PAC
One day after President Barack
Obama vowed to attack Mitt Romney's private equity record through to
November, a super PAC supporting his re-election unleashed a new ad that
enlists the former Massachusetts governor's erstwhile primary rivals to
do just that.
There's Newt Gingrich, lumping
Romney in with financiers who "loot companies, leave behind broken
families, broken towns, people on unemployment." Here's Rick Perry,
hitting those who "wait until they see a distressed company and then
they swoop in and you know pick the carcass clean and then fly away."
Jon Huntsman, seizing on Romney's out-of-context quote that he likes to
fire people? Sure. Why not? Didn't get it the first time? Here's Perry
weighing in against "vulture capitalists." John Brabender, Rick
Santorum's chief strategist, also criticizes Romney.
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has a cameo taken from a
Fox News Channel appearance in which she calls on Romney to substantiate
his claim to have created 100,000 jobs while at Bain Capital. "That's
fair, that's not negative campaigning," she says. "That's fair to get a
candidate to be held accountable."
Gingrich, who has swung from being one of Romney's chief antagonists
over Bain to endorsing him, predicted in an interview with CNN late
Monday that Obama's attacks on Bain would fail.
"One of the things we discovered we could never make clear an attack on
a particular case and Romney's ability to say 'no, this is about free
enterprise.' And the average American looked up and said, you know,
'it's about free enterprise,'" he told CNN.
At the same time, Gingrich
seemingly rebutted one of Romney's main counterarguments, that Obama's
criticisms of Bain are really attacks on capitalism as a whole.
"A discussion about a particular company or a particular decision is
not an attack on the free enterprise system," the former speaker said.
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