Democrats send ghost from Romney's past
January 1st, 2012
09:34 AM ET
3 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. Republican Grandma

    I read the news and the statistic said different things. This administration has created millions of jobs in private sectors but Republican controlled congress has terminated 400k government employees in monthly basis. Just do the math what is the problem here.

    For them firing government employees is the better choice than rising the tax for their rich friends.

    That's the way Republican party do now!

    They say we can tax the rich because they are the job creator. If they are the job creator? Where is the job?

    Where is the job that Mr Boehner and Cantor promised during 2010 election? Where is the job??

    Mitt is the same thing. He is a corporate guy. He earned milliins from buying the companies and firing people to make it good on the balance sheet and resale that company back.

    I do not think he will care about elderly like me.

    He once said: "close down the GM and the rest of car industry in US"

    That's Mitt we know very well!!

    January 1, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Marcus

    Keith in Austin – Wake up, who me?
    Dude, and don't get offended for me to calling you dude, what are you calling balancing the budeget bills?
    Those who would have slashed social policies that works?
    Or those who had the magical 'less taxes more jobs' yadda-yadda that we heard during GWBush tenure (the slowest/smallest period of job growth after WWII BTW), which are the best proof that they don't work as greatly as you were lead to believe in?
    Speaking of deregulation, watch 'inside Job' or read ANY of CBO and other independent sources' reports about the cause of the 2008 (BEFORE OBAMA'S INAUGURATION, and election!!!) meltdown.
    Do that, AFTER you wake up that is.

    January 1, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. matty

    How many clowns can they cram into this car(wreck) called the "gop"?

    January 1, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Certainly Obama will have his place in history. It will just not be as an economic genius or for his leadership capabilities.

    January 1, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Logic in LA

    I can't wait for Romney to TRY and show how Obama is DIRECTLY responsible for those lost jobs

    January 1, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Lardeau

    Ron Paul's my man but I doubt like heck that anybody can beat Obama at the polls. Second term coming up.

    January 1, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. tony

    Bush and the Republican neo-cons put the 25 million out of work, while his wall street banker family friends stole their 401K's while Cheney sent our sons out to die for more oil.

    January 1, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Positive

    Do he really think that we have such short memories and have paid such little attention to the Republican behavior for the past decade + that we could possibly believe the current unemployment rate is due to President Obama?!?!?

    To make it even more ridiculous, Romney is running on the policies that got us in this mess to begin with: Lower taxes for wealthy, start more wars & deregulate everything! Good grief!

    January 1, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. socalgal

    Wish the Dems vetted their candidate like the Repubs are vetting theirs.

    January 1, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Pat in IL

    This guy is going to make a fool of himself. He will show himself to be disgruntled because he got caught up in the unfortunate necessity of a layoff. It will also be apparent that he is being used as a puppet. Sad and pathetic.

    January 1, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Bushper

    Two questions for you Mitt, why is it that non of your five sons is serving in the military? And why can't you release your tax records if you truely have nothing to hide? Obama released his birth certificate when the GOP made it an issue. So Mitt if you hope to become a president Americans have the right to know everything about you and you can't waite this one out OK. That strategy may work for you in the GOP nomination process but will most certainly work against you in a general election. And this is because it will reinforce the narative that you are FAKE, NOT REAL and with lots of things to hide. It is this lingering doubts in the minds of Americans that will make it very hard for you, Mitt to beat Obama in a 2012 head to head even if the GOP try to steal or rig the election.

    January 1, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. TJeff1776

    I believe Romney is an all-around good moralistic individual and a good business man loaded with experience. Without a doubt, he is the best of the lot. BUT one has to judge by the company he keeps. Republicans have a dangerous record. The present crowd literally caused the 2008 crash. And also the 1929 crash. Now, they can deny all they choose and blame others as well- BUT they did it. Moreover they saw it coming and didn't warn us until it was too late. Sorry Mitt, but you attached your horse to the wrong post. The same responsible conser group is still there and will absolutely look out for their rich friends BEFORE WE THE PEOPLE. They already do.

    January 1, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Marcus

    Terry, VA – Could you stop playing the 'Hollier-than-thou Victim Card'? Do you honestly believe that American Liberals don't wish the best for their country? If your answer is yes than I suggest that you seek help, divide the world (or at least the country) in us (the good ones) and them (the baddies) is not healthy for the mind.
    Liberals and conservatives did a lot of great stuff for the USA, either working together or standing on different sides of a question, and NONE of them have all the right answers for all the problems that the country is facing today or will face tomorrow.

    PS: Still with the pipeline will create thousands of (temporary and that's it) job stuff?

    January 1, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ Keith in Austin.....
    I guess if I lived in the most LIBERAL city in the red state of Texas I would be bitter also and spew righ wing "facts" all the time. Remember according to the GOP governmnet does NOT create jobs, unless of course you have a Democrat for president and that is when it's supposed to happen. Mitt did a great job creating jobs in Mass.

    January 1, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. CBR

    No one seems interested in Mr. Romney's tenure as Governor of MA. He allowed his Lt. Gov. to have an important role while he was running the state. Ms. Healey was very loyal and worked very hard to get certain projects done. I dare say she was the hardest working person in his administration. He did not repay her when she ran for Governor. He probably had moved to NH by then. His interest in MA lasted from the day he knocked Jane Swift out of contention to run for govervor to rhe day Kerry Healey began running to succeed him.

    He left the state rather quickly. Hardest hi were the school systems although businesses began a downturn as well. Take a look at his record and measure that against his actions since leaving the governorship.

    January 1, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Bushper

    As governor Mitt Romney's state ranked 47th in job creation out 50 states plus DC. As Bain executive he liadoff American workers and shipped American jobs to china for cheap labor. So Mitt the Americans are going to judge you on this record in comparism to Obama's own record of job creation OK.

    January 1, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. LCSWquilter

    Perfect timing! It's about time that Romney be held accountable for his record of job loss in the USA. The GOP likes to blame job loss on Obama, but the truth is it's been happening for quite some time. It is the rich business owners who sold out ountry our for one purpose only - greed. It"s about time Romney and the others on Wall Street feel some heat.

    January 1, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. alex

    What a joke Romney is. He is trying to blame Obama for the people without a job. He better remember that the cause of the unemployment was caused by the Republicans. He is so stupid in my opinion.

    January 1, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Please explain to me how Romney's strategy of breaking up American companies, laying off American workers and outsourcing American jobs will help our economy? It will certainly improve profits for the multinational stockholders of these destroyed companies, but we all know that they will take that money and invest overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regulations don't exist.

    Why does Romney want to kill off our country to finance the global expansion of his multinational corporate buddies? Why does Romney insist on lying to voters by saying his "experience" as a "businessman" would help him "rebuild" American when we all know that isn't the case?

    Lastly, why would any hardworking, decent American in their right mind ever vote for Romney?

    January 1, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Independent_me

    Romney's type of heartless capitalism puts profits before people. His recent statements in which he proclaimed that the housing market should be allowed to "bottom out" shows.

    The housing market is simply an economic concept in his mind... he does not recognize that behind this market is made up of human beings – moms, dads, children, grandparents – people who lose their homes, their sense of security, belonging and community when the "housing market" is allowed to "bottom out".

    Romney, like all the Republicans of today, is heartless and practices a vicious capitalism that treat workers as "things" – resources that can be disposed off at will. As such, workers are expendable because there are new ones entering the market every day; therefore, they should be paid as low as possible, and if they don't like it, they can go elsewhere and find another job.

    However, when the Romney and other wealthy capitalists combine to set low wages while increasing demands on their workers, they control the market price of wages. That means that no matter where workers go, they will find low (or lower wages), less benefits and longer working hours. Workers are therefore boxed in a situation where they have to take what is dished out to them, and they had better appreciate the crumbs that are thrown their way. This is what Republican/Libertarian trickle-down economics are all about. This is what laissez-faire economics is all about.This is what union-busting is all about. This is what class warfare is all about...and the war is being waged on the poor and the middle class by the wealth holders such as Romney... and we are losing while they are winning...

    A vote for Romney is a vote against middle class families. A vote for Romney is a vote for the wealthy to become even wealthier. A vote for Romney is a death blow to the middle class families of America. You vote for Romney and you will soon regret it....

    January 1, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Don

    Republicans doing nothing for years except dumb down America to try and make Republicans feel like they have a brain when the sad truth is they really don't. LOL

    January 1, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    "Twenty-five million people are out of work because of Barack Obama."

    Obviously, you get all your "news" from GOP-TV (Fox). The economy is slowly turning around, after having been brought to near-disaster by Republican economic policies. The recovery would be going better and faster if the GOP wasn't so intent on doing everything they can to defeat President Obama in 2012.

    The GOP and their multinational corporate sponsors can weather any economic storm. They believe that the American Middle Class, what with its opportunity and living wages and education, shouldn't exist, and so they don't mind making us suffer.

    Think it through, bud. And do a little research, including the FACT that 62% of millionaires and billionaires in this country WANT their taxes to be raised, and WANT President Obama's economic policies to continue.

    January 1, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    GI Joe, it bears repeating:

    During his tenure as governor from 2003 to 2007, Massachusetts ranked 47th among states for job creation.

    Since the GOP-TV (aka Fox) crowd are into repetition, here it is again:

    During his tenure as governor from 2003 to 2007, Massachusetts ranked 47th among states for job creation.

    January 1, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. kyle

    Romney created jobs, too bad they were overseas.

    January 1, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    How many of those 25 million people would not be unemployed if US companies quit sending jobs to India, Pakistan, Indonesia, China, etc.? So much for the "Great Sucking Sound to Mexico" that Ross Perot predicted.

    January 1, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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