Democrats send ghost from Romney's past
January 1st, 2012
09:34 AM ET
6 years ago

Democrats send ghost from Romney's past

(CNN) - Democrats aren't missing a chance to take aim at their favorite target: Republican presidential frontrunner and former Bain Capital executive Mitt Romney.

Randy Johnson, a worker laid off when Bain bought American Pad and Paper Company, will arrive in Des Moines on Sunday to hold a press conference, according to the Democratic National Committee.

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Johnson now works with United Steelworkers and comes to the state just two days before the Iowa caucuses, the nation's first Republican presidential nominating contest.

The DNC said that along with a press conference, Johnson will talk to reporters and travel throughout Iowa "to discuss Romney's decades long record of putting profits before people."

Bain Capital acquired American Pad and Paper in 1992 and laid off a number of the workers at Johnson's plant in Indiana. After a bitter strike, the company closed the plant in 1995.

Romney has defended his record as CEO at Bain throughout his second bid for the White House. During a recent interview with TIME Magazine, Romney pivoted the conversation toward President Barack Obama's jobs record.

Team Romney responded to the attacks on Sunday.

"President Obama and his cronies know that if they have to face Mitt Romney in the general election they are going to lose, which is why they continue their 'kill Romney' strategy. Seeing as President Obama is the greatest job-killing president in modern history, it's fitting. Next November, voters will hold President Obama accountable for his abysmal record no matter what distractions he tries to create," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Mitt Romney
soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. Keith in Austin

    Here it comes again! A Republican Caucus and the DNC will have their poster boy traveling around the State trashing Romney. This election will be the dirtiest in American History folks. A President with a 1-Billion Dollar campaign war chest with NOTHING to run on other than smears, attacks, and blaming everyone else but himself!

    January 1, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. JC

    Sorry Mitt, you're willfully mistaken. 25,000,000 people became unemployed and are still out of work because of President George W. Bush's economic policies and the continued Republican obstructionism in Congress. For Mitt, your worth is measured by your current and potential capabilities of making money, not by what kind of human being you are or how you treat others. In Mitt's world, money is the be all and end all.

    January 1, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. L. R. Long

    Romney is playing with fire when he tries to sell us his record of "consistancy". Mitt is such an opportunist when it comes to politics. And profit... Agree or disagree with Obama, he can hardly be called a flip flopper. The republicans think they have a monopoly on core convictions but Obama knows what he believes and he fights for it. Ya know, damn well, Obama wanted universal healthcare. He didn't get it because republicans (who receive free health care at taxpayer's expense) fought so dirty to stop it. Well congradulations to the right wing of the aisle. Every time an American loses their home because theit medical bills put them in debt, a republican should light a cigar and pop a bottle of champagne.

    January 1, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The Democrats have Bain Captiol, whatever that is, the Republicians have the 15.5 Trillion dollar Federal Debt.not to mention 16 Percent un employment, 46 Million on food Stamps, Millions of Morgages under water tons of people below the poverty line. Heck Re-Elect Obama!

    January 1, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Romney will protect Business class for that he may mandate health insurance for pets.
    I bet he won’t repeal Obama health care
    When 50% Americans making less than $50,000 we can’t afford Romney presidency

    January 1, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Church

    The 2012 election will be yet another choice of "The Lessor of Two Evils."

    January 1, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Rick Sutter

    This would not change the mind of a single person who posted on this article.

    January 1, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. fred ca

    The true unemployment rate is at least 14 percent. Most of that is due to dems, for the past 10+ years selling out to wall street, unions, and interest groups. They have wrapped up the American Economic Engine, small and medium companies, in red tape and endless regulations. Meanwhile the goldman sachs cartel rolls in and out of dem offices as valued owners. The bernie madoff's give dems 80 percent of the contributions they make to be left alone. GE gives them money hand over fist and waltz through the current white house like they own it... while dealing with Iran through back channels. Unions agree to rules and regs that impact their members negatively while boosting their officials. And they are sending 1 guy to Iowa?

    January 1, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. GI Joe

    Romney wants to eliminate taxes on capital gains - guess so - he gets millions a year (still) from Bain Capital and it's listed as capitol gains. He currently pays 15% taxes.

    Bet his financials show that he manages to get a rebate from the gov't insteady of paying even one dime.

    January 1, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    People who got Masters, PhDs in USA starting a good companies outside USA why we don’t have dream ACT will Romney get this
    If Romney becomes president we will have fast food jobs, retailers’ jobs and cooperate head office with less than 10 people. He will export all other jobs
    Single customer service won’t speak English

    January 1, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. fineart

    When Romney last ran for the presidency he was asked why his five sons never served their country. His answer was that they are serving their country by working on his campaign. This is the way the man thinks. Who did he want to bet $10,000 dollars with two weeks ago? This week when asked what he thought about unemployment, he said 'look I'm unemployed too'. He is not living in the real world, our world. He's one of the most narcissistic, selfish individuals that has ever run for president. On this new years day, let us meditate on the good thought of having people like this suddenly throw in the towel, than go softly into the night forever.

    January 1, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Michael Q

    Romney said. "Twenty-five million people are out of work because of Barack Obama. And so I'll compare my experience in the private sector where, net-net, we created over 100,000 jobs."

    Now, my dear friends, that is one large, over-the-top, GOP lie. Lie after lie.

    Passing the blame to Obama for the actions of one of their own (Bush). Lie. Lie. Lie. But, if you are a GOP follower and support the BIG LIE, then you will never see the way of how less than 1% of the top Republican richest people are able to control almost 50% of the electorate with lies like this one. Wake up you silly people and join the revolution to get rid of the old GOP establishment. It's all about the money in the pockets of the few, while the multitudes follow along believing the greatest lie of all – 'support us and we will make you like us'. The pyramid scheme that only suckers can love mixed with a little of that old time religion.

    January 1, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. clarke

    Obama didn't put these people out of work. If I remember this happened under the GOP's watch. What I find sad is the very short memories people have. Keep the facts straight. I don't care if it GOP or Dems, just keep the fact straight.

    January 1, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. farcier23

    Democrats are so afraid of Mitt Romney. Its plain and simple. Latest Rasmussen polls show Mitt beating Obama by +6. They beleive that by stopping Mitt they can win general election and Mitt's religion may be an asset for them at this time in primary. If Mitt is not the nominee, 75% of the work for democrats is done to win general elections.

    January 1, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. ardale

    “Romney has 2 problems for anyone trying make a living wage: 1. he has internaliz­ed the Harvard MBA "problem solving" (read: cut labor costs). That approach has probably undermined the american worker more than any other in the last 30 years. 2. he probably grew up listening to his dad complain about what labor costs were doing to the car company he helped run into the ground.
    Combine these and you will have a president who really has a secret disdain for the american worker.”

    January 1, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Canadian Jim

    Bush wrecked the country with two wars, one that was illegal and the other that had no clear goal. The trillions spent on those wars and the reprehensible behaviour of Wall Street are what decimated the economy. (Let's not forget the companies who shut down the mnanufacturing sector in North America in favor of hiring cheap labor in Southeast Asia and China. Obama may not be the savior of the Western World, indeed far from it, but he's far less responsible than Bush and the GOP.

    January 1, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. FIELD1stSGT

    Just more Obama bull crap. A known liar can't be taken for realism. Go away Democrats and Obama boosters.

    January 1, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. ST

    @ Keith in Austin

    Ya! money speaks. This is what Romney has done to Gingrich. Now the chicken are coming home to roost. Sounds good eh!

    January 1, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. JStanley

    He got laid off so he is opposing Romney? Give me a break. People are taking risk and investing capital and if the business is unprofitable, some are going to be laid off. What the hell is wrong with that? If you are that skilled go find another job.

    January 1, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Terry, VA

    How about all the tens of thousands of people show up for Romney and thank him for the jiobs he created. Another cheap political trick from Obummie and the dumbocraps to find one of their liberal stooges to act like a jerk. I'd like to see the millions of unemployed people that are out of work because of Obummie's stupid economic policies show up at Obummie's speeches.

    January 1, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. NH Grandma

    To those who are tossing the blame all on Obama and not the previous administration, shame on you for such short-term (convenient) memory loss. How were the two wars to be funded and those hefty tax breaks for the wealthy to be paid for anyway? Did you think that could be swept under the carpet? Never an answer...still just blame for Obama who's policies in fact stemmed the job losses that were happening at a rate of 750,000/month in late 2008, well before he took office. In fact, he would have opted for a bigger stimulus but the GOP thwarted it. Now economists say that the problem for slow recovery is too small a stimulus...Obama's fault? Yes, partially, he didn't push back hard enough on the damn GOP. You people live in a GOP cloud of denial, but many of us get our news from reliable sources, not Fox "Opinion".

    January 1, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Marcus

    Terry, VA; fred ca and Keith in Austin – I recall what you guys said back in 2010 when the Republicans got the majority in the House, and if you guys don't go check the archives section, and it was all 'Now there will be jobs'.
    How many job bills had the House come up with since then?
    And how many fillibusters have the Senate Republicans came up with also?
    And still, the Economy is still recovering and the jobs are not going down with a big crash...
    But you hope that we believe in you guys and not in facts, right?

    January 1, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. steve

    Terry, maybe Joe The Plumber can stop by too.

    January 1, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. jean2009

    Any Repugnant elected will try to repeal parts of the Affordable Health Care Act (including Mitt) because that is their mantra. Don't kid yourself they will work hard to repeal only the parts that don't allow insurance companies to cherry pick those they cover so they will be able to again deny coverage to sick people, and they will repeal parts that will allow insurance companies to drop your coverage when you are for that mandate part...forget about them repealing that. They will make sure you buy insurance even if it is the high priced policies for those with serious illness.

    Has everyone forgotten George W. Bush and the eight years of the worst president since Hoover?

    January 1, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Tammy Lambert, Arizona

    Randy Johnsons story is very significant, cant wait to hear what Mitt followers think about their candidate after.
    IIs it true that evangelicist think they are angels here to save us?

    January 1, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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