Democrats send ghost from Romney's past
January 1st, 2012
09:34 AM ET
2 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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soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. LMC

    President Obama took office at the lowest point of the recession. The economic collapse had nothing to do with our current president. The recession was brought on by the poilicies of the Bush administration and two wars–one that was totally unneccessary, and the greed of the financial sector. President Obama has tried hard to help put Americans back to work, pushing against the Republicans all the way. Meanwhile, Republican legislators have worked hard to protect the wealthiest Americans, not the average American.

    January 1, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. tino

    I know when Bain Investment co.. bought Clear Channel co. in San Antonio, Texas they lay off tens of employees and brought foreign workers (all hindus) as cheap employees.? I am concerned about Romney's claims that he create jobs, I believe he create wealth for himsel, whithout any concern for the average american worker.

    January 1, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. matt houst

    "Twenty-five million people are out of work because of Barack Obama." ---HAHAHAHAHAAAAAA...this guy already lives on his own planet as promised in his religion. Oh brother...

    January 1, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Reefer Power

    The difference between Mitt Romney and Obama – Obama lost $500 million of tax payers money on Solyndra and the company still went out of business. Romney created over 100,000 jobs, he turned around failing companies, turned around the Olympics, solved problems, and got excellent returns.

    During the tenure of Obama, joblessness has grown, youth unemployment has climbed over 25%, deficits have grown, the credit rating of the federal government was downgraded, meanwhile Mr. Obama fiddles in Hawaii on an extended tax payer funded holiday that is costing $4 million.

    January 1, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    @Marcus: Please do a little Google homework instead of spewing your blind ignorance. The 2010 elections DID bring a little conservative sanity to Washington. Over 300 House Bills were passed better the Nation; curtail out-of-control Liberal SPENDING, a balanced budget, create jobs, reduce Federal regulation on businesses,reduce Corporate Taxes, repatriate overseas manufacturing etc etc! Harry Reid and your Liberal Democrats in the SENATE KILLED virtually every one of them! Wake up and smell the coffee or go out and OCCUPY a life! Your choice!

    January 1, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Just make it up

    Just a simple question for Mitt. What exactly is your jobs plan? I know you have said you would have let the US auto companies fail... so is your plan for the future involve creating jobs or is it to slim down companies so that they are more profitable with less workers? I am just interested... give us all a firm plan!

    January 1, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Just some snowboarder

    They say obama cant run on his record. Its mitt that cant run on his.

    January 1, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Larry, Curly, or Moe for GOP Nomination

    Speaking of ghosts from Romney's past fiscal betrayal of America; I remember stories told me as a child of "so-called" headless ghosts roaming the countryside. What definition does one use for all those supporters of the GOP field who walk around without minds? Would they be classifiable as zombies? Pity that conservativism is in search of a new definition and name.

    January 1, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Hey Don,
    Glad I'm making an impact on you. Where'd ya get your Education? It is showing thru. Hope for the best in 2012 for you. The Stock market was flat in 2011. That shows no progress in the Economy or it getting any better. The Economy will probably be Stagnent until we get a new President. Who you voting for???

    January 1, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Pete

    Republicans, rhinos, conservatives, tea partiers whatever you call yourselves. You are all incapable and devoid of the truth and facts of history. policy is like a snow ball with two terms of a republican president and a weak congress that snow ball created the 2008 financial recession. Why is that so hard for you retards to understand

    January 1, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. wgf

    From the US Department Of Labor Statistics: "The number of unemployed persons, at 13.3 million, was down by 594,000 in November."

    So, even if you blamed Obama for every single unemployed person in the country (which would be monumentally stupid) you would still only get to about half of what Romney claims.

    It's sad when you can't win on facts, and have to resort to complete fabrications.

    January 1, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with the statement that Obama lost 25 million jobs is that it is false. The job lossses can't be tied directly to Obama. Romney only notes the jobs that were created (chup change really). What isn't really talked about are the American jobs that were lost when the businesses took jobs that were here overseas. Can we get a number on that? He talks about helping to start Staples with some capital. Other than retail jobs, has Staples created any manufacturing jobs here in the US? That is something that we need to get answers on; Staples is only one example.

    January 1, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Terry, VA

    T'sa, Va ....we will never agree on what our vision of America should be. I believe in free markets, not political cronism like giving to green energy companies. I don't believe in Government mandated loans to people that couldn't pay their mortgages that Barney Frank and the dumbocraps forced down our throats in the form or Freddie Mac and Frannie Mae which caused the economic meltdown in 2008. I don't agree with the stimulus "shovel ready stuff" Obummie was promoting while we have golden opportunies for jobs in the Canada to Texas pipeline and the thousands of jobs that the EPA has shutdown. So you better vote for Obummie if you want to cancel my vote because I WILL VOTE against him and his igorant policies.

    January 1, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Tony Vaughn

    You'd be absolutely surprised just how many Mormons will and want to vote for Ron Paul. There are great hopes that Paul takes the several first caucuses so that the Utah voters can support him!!

    January 1, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. judith

    Romney represents the worst example of corporate greed run amok. He has never known what it is to struggle to make a living and stands clearly on the side of the one percent and a Romney presidency would be an utter disaster for the rest of us.

    January 1, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. EdSantaFe

    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."

    TOTAL LIE.... It's because of Bush and GREED from people like Romney and Gingrich. Romney is STILL collecting pay checks from Bain and outsourcing jobs.

    January 1, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. K3Citizen

    Romney is a failed candidate because he promotes failed policies. America already has the tea party downgrading our country so we don't the Mormon doing the same.

    January 1, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. judith

    P.S. – To say that 25 million people are out of work because of Obama is a huge lie. The great economic downturn began under the clueless Bush and Obama has done everything in his power to lessen its effects.

    January 1, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Tomis

    "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."

    This is an outright lie. First of all Obama did not create the economic crisis. Second, the recession has only cost about 8 million jobs including the Bush years. Last, only about half those jobs were lost under Obama and since the low point at least 2 million private sector jobs have been created.

    January 1, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    During his tenure as governor from 2003 to 2007, Massachusetts ranked 47th among states for job creation. He’s running on his ability to turn around the flailing economy and boost employment, so this is a statistic that appeals enormously to his opponents.

    January 1, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Steve

    Why is it that only Democrats have all the correct facts and Republicans don't?

    January 1, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Indy

    "I know that the Democrats will try to make this a campaign about Bain Capital," 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."

    If you believe that Obama caused 25 million job losses GW is your uncle. Romney was paid mega money to do what he did so even if Bain did create 100,000 jobs that was their job and they were paid well to do that, hardly an accomplishment, its called doing your job and making profit. Job creation from the Presidents office is no comparison to the private sector and if Romney thinks he will have the same job creation tools in the Whitehouse he is in for a big let down. Republicans will be the first to tell you Presidents don't create the majority of jobs, they will also tell you that if you give tax breaks to the rich and increase the deficit by doing so jobs will trickle down from the sky.

    January 1, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. madmaninthemiddle

    If you are a hyper-partisan Dem, pray that Bachman, Santorum , Paul, Ginghrich, or Perry win. If you just want a really good debate, it's Gingrich or Romney. Me, I want both parties to put their best person forward, so we have the best possible choice. In that case, for me, pray for Romney or Hunstman. They aren't really moderates, except when contrasted with a pretty extreme field, but they are somewhat more reasonable.

    January 1, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Drew

    Barach Obama did not lose 25 million jobs. The jobs were lost mainly to the financial crises, housing bubble, the greed of wall street and the failed tax policies of George W. Bush. You Obama haters forget all of the facts of our crisis and it is sickening beyond belief that you spew your ignorance on this blog.

    January 1, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    Let's keep it simple. Romney knows how an economy works and the role of American federal government in maintaining a thriving economy.

    Obama has already proven ( bankrolled by $6 trillion in new American debt ) that he has no concept of either.

    January 1, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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