Bill Burton: "The Corporate Buyout Specialist Still Has No Explanation"
Mitt Romney has had 18 years and four long political campaigns to explain how his experience as a corporate buyout specialist qualifies him to represent all Americans. But, this week and his new ad in reaction to ours has shown that Romney still has no explanation of how his record of profiting even when he drove companies to bankruptcy qualifies him to be President.
Associated Press: “The core of his presidential candidacy under attack, Mitt Romney has yet to shape a playbook to defend a quarter-century in the business world that created great riches for him and great hardship, attimes, for some American workers. Romney and his aides have struggled to respond consistently to intensifying criticism about his tenure at Bain Capital, the private equity firm he helped found, and how it would be reflected in his presidency.” http://yhoo.it/MisFIK
Politico: “As the Obama campaign this week began a concerted attack on the presumptive GOP nominee for his tenure at the private equity firm he managed, strategists in both parties say the Republican has yet to give a confident, detailed explanation of his Bain Capital tenure that silences questions about his biography as a businessman. So far in 2012, Romney — who is centering his presidential campaign on economic leadership — has rarely if ever managed to speak about Bain in any but the most defensive ofterms.” http://politi.co/Jg0IOe
NBC First Read: “Romney still doesn’t have a solid response to this issue that hurt him in 1994 and hurt him in South Carolina 2012.” http://on.msnbc.com/KXJVmR
Washington Post: “Romney’s remarks make little sense. Not only is his claim of creating 100,000 jobs at Bain untenable, but also his assertion that 100,000 jobs have been lost in the auto industry “on the president’s watch” does not add up.” http://wapo.st/JOUqbR
Politico: “This has already been one of the most eventful weeks of the general election. And so far, Mitt Romney is staying quiet.” http://politi.co/KwWKTw
Washington Post: “It was an unusual line of defense for Romney considering that the Obama administration’s rescue of the auto industry is one the president’s most popular accomplishments”http://wapo.st/K7YSki
Talking Points Memo: “This approach gets into similarly tricky territory. Politically, the auto rescue, which industry experts believe mayhave saved as many as 1 million jobs or more, is literally Obama’s favorite topic on the campaign trail and one where Romney has unique vulnerabilities.” http://bit.ly/JQ1pBY
Baltimore Sun: “Mr. Romney and his backers have tended to sidestep the legitimate issue of Bain with blanket generalizations about the candidate's "business experience" and complaints that Mr. Obama doesn't have much.” http://bsun.md/Kdfzfu