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. Benny

    @Terry, VA –
    Cheap political trick? Remember Joe the Plumber? Stop calling the President and your fellow Americans names and come up with something substantial to say.

    January 1, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Don

    Romney creates jobs like the Plague creates good health, this clown is nothing but a flip flopping hypocrite, but then since most Republicans are hypocritical idiots he is definitely one of their own. Republicans=Hypocritical Idiots.

    January 1, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Don

    @JStanley wish you moron republicans would get your facts straight before you open your ignorant mouths, he didn't just get laid off, he did quite a while back during the period when Romney says he 'supposedly' created jobs when the economy wasn't poisoned by the Bush policies, when Republicans were outsourcing jobs and killing American jobs. As I said, hypocritical idiots are your typical republicans!

    January 1, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Wyobob

    O yes the debt, 8+ TRILLION dollars thanks to bushs policies, wars, and tax cuts that we are and will be paying for forever.

    January 1, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Don

    @FIELD1stSGT Just your typical hypocritical idiot aren't ya there champ?

    January 1, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. terry

    "Twenty-five million people are out of work because of Barack Obama." Do we want another l-ying s-c-u-m pol. for high office? BUSH/Cheney are responsible for the housing crisis and bailout... all pre-Pres.Obama. BUSH/Cheney are responsible for $4trillion of war debt and 3 Trillion of bank bail out. Romney is just another l-ying politician.
    I'm holding my nose and voting Ron Paul.

    January 1, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Don

    @farcier23 Just another of the hypocritical idiots aren't you? The ONLY polls showing Romney winning are the same hypocritical idiot polls by the Republican PACS, anyone who does a REAL poll shows Romney behind anywhere from 5-8 points, so please, I know you are an idiot, because you swallowed the republican kool-aid but get some facts before you open your hypocritical mouth ok?

    January 1, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Don

    @Ray E. (Georgia) Keep drinking that Republican brand kool-aid, just makes you an even more hypocritical idiot and you definitely have that down pat already moron.

    January 1, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. vijay Kachru

    I agree with Ardale

    Thank you Ardale...
    Please repost if you agree


    “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 |

    January 1, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    ►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.◄

    Are those same 100,000 people still working today???? Maybe the TENS of THOUSANDS of people who LOST their jobs as a result of greediness and profits of Bain/MITTens should show up and protest too. Also, why would it be a "cheap political trick" if it is all true????? What about the "cheap political tricks" Romney is playing with his PACs right now; he claims he does not have his hands in them when "under cover," he's most likely financing them.

    Obama 2012!!!

    January 1, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. jim

    The Rich will get Richer, and the 99% will get poorer. The current system is rigged to prevent any other outcome. The time has come to ask ourselves – what kind of country do we want? A place were non-labor and financial parasites continue to earn more than laborers and creators? A place were it is suddenly ok to deny healthcare to individuals, to riducule small children defending their parents, to transfer vast sums from elder care to corporations? Well, I sure do not want a nanny state – I have always loved Jerry Brown's famous response on socialized medicine: 'you drink, you smoke, you eat too much, you get no exercise, and you want me to pay for it when you get sick?!' But the polar opposite – survival of the fittest, let greed and self-righteous self interest rule the day – is not American. I'm afraid there will be violence in the next few years, as the current set of extremists force us all into one of two armed camps. Thanks, Fox. Thanks, talk radio.

    January 1, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Moe

    Get the facts out. This guy sounds like a very corny scammer.

    January 1, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. No Bishops in the White House, please

    I'm not so concerned about Bishop Romney's magic Mormon underwear as I am about him being a high ranking church official. I'd be concerned about any pastor, priest, or bishop – past or present – representing the will of the people over their religious beliefs. 😉

    January 1, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. george of the jungle

    Why do the repos keep saying that the president has thrown everyone out of work? Do they really think intellegrent people will buy that crap. I think he is one of they only ones actually tring to create jobs. Congress sure isn't and all these candidates are to busy running off at the mouth to create anything but one big mess. Rich boy Romney won't be any different. He wont want to get his hair messed. Maybe he will have a vision.? when ever the church needs to change their stand they have visions. Especially if it is financially beneficial.

    January 1, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Don

    LOL Romney is the best the Republicans have to offer, Democrats scrape better than Romney off the bottoms of their shoes after walking in the dog park than Romney could ever be!

    January 1, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. MWM

    The republicans have the wrong approach to job creation! If all regulations were dropped, all taxes repealed there would still be no incentive to open new business or expand operations until there was a prospective market for jobs and services. The only answer is to get money into the hands of consumers, not the investors or savers. If this does not happen we are stuck with a slow recovery and increasing poverty.

    January 1, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. SafeJourney

    Someone tell ol Mittins that the unemployment in America is because of Bush's failed policies. President Obama has tried and tried to get a JOBS billed passed but is blocked by the GOP/TP. Nice try Mitten, but that lie wont fly.

    January 1, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. JStanley

    @Don, before you start name calling, read what I wrote. It doesn't matter whether he was let go now or 15 years ago. This is a free market system. If you are skilled you will find something else. Stop blaming somebody else for your failures and inability to adapt quickly. Please class it up and stop name calling. And fyi, I am not a republican.

    January 1, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. fred ca do not and can not have a clue as to what I said in 2010 or 2008 or whenever. What you are doing is a blanket use of a stereotype. And it is not even one you is knee-jerk parroting of what you have been told to say.

    January 1, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Brett

    Correction, Romney, 25 Million people are out of work because of a recession started under Republican watch in 2007. Stop lying and blaming the recession on Obama. We all know Obama was elected to office after the fact. Republicans have told the lie so much, they've succeeded in deluding themselves but no one else. The Republican strategy has always been to repeat a lie often enough and people will begin to believe it.

    January 1, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Killdeer

    LMAO.....Field First Sgt's are known to be idiots in the Army....

    January 1, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. EatRunDive

    "to discuss Romney's decades long record of putting profits before people." – for those who didn't already know he is a Republican?

    The parties are all about money. If you make less than 6 figures and vote Republican you've been duped. Politics IS class warfare!

    January 1, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. madmaninthemiddle

    Just to put a few facts on the table.

    The debt doubled under Reagan. (1 Trillion to 2)
    The debt doubled under Bush. (5 tril. to 10).
    Deficits always go up in a recession.
    The economy was losing 750,000 jobs a month when Obama came into office. That loss rate slowed significantly after the stimulus. Within months the economy turned to net job gains, a trend that has continued for 3+ years.

    Support whomever you like, but if you have to lie to defend your ideology, then perhaps your ideology is a lie.

    January 1, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    How many jobs did Obama ship to China when he threw $50 billion at the auto industry?... Give up?
    Thousands. Before it is all said and done, tens of thousands.

    But GM is ambitious with job creation after the federal government bailout. It is investing $250 million in a new Corporate Research Shanghai, China. It plans to double China sales to 5 million cars by 2015. These are cars it is manufacturing in China and selling in China.

    ...and the Democrats are worried about what jobs Bain Capital created overseas when Mitt Romney was there?!?!? At least they didn't use our hard-earned tax dollars.

    January 1, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. madmaninthemiddle

    A few other key points. The deficit was already running more than a trillion per year when Obama was sworn in (as opposed to the hundreds of billions of surplus annually that Bush inherited.)
    The bank bailouts happened under Bush – yes Obama voted for them, but so did Bainer, McConnell and many others in both partied (just as there were many "no" votes in both parties.

    January 1, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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