Democrats maintain focus on Romney
January 8th, 2012
11:06 AM ET
3 years ago

Democrats maintain focus on Romney

(CNN) - Democrats kept their eye on GOP hopeful Mitt Romney Sunday, singling out the Republican frontrunner for his record at a private investment firm and providing further evidence Democrats see the former Massachusetts governor as the strongest candidate in the Republican field.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, took Romney to task for what she said was an inconsistent record while defending her organization's relentless stream of anti-Romney videos and memos, saying the candidate deserved the onslaught.

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"Mitt Romney is one of the candidates who is near the top or at top of their field, and he's invited and deserves that scrutiny because he has been distorting and mischaracterizing the presidents record," Wasserman Schultz said.

She continued, "Mitt Romney has no conviction, has flip-flopped on every issue, and voters need to know."

The DNC has kept almost singular focus on Romney over the past several months, producing a series of web videos that call into question Romney's consistency on issues and his role at Bain Capital, the private investment firm he founded in the 1980s.

Romney's campaign has characterized the attacks as distractions from President Barack Obama's record on job creation and economic growth.

On Sunday, Wasserman Schultz flatly rejected the suggestion by Fox News Host Chris Wallace that Romney's tenure at Bain Capital was comparable to President Barack Obama's role in the failed energy firm Solyndra, saying the assessment was "apples and oranges."

The federal government offered half a billion dollars in loan guarantees to Solyndra before the company went bankrupt in 2011. Wallace compared the lay-offs that took place after the company's bankruptcy to lay-offs at companies acquired by Bain Capital.

"The decisions that were made at Solyndra that ultimately led to their bankruptcy were those of people who worked at Solyndra," Wasserman Schultz said.

On ABC's "This Week," top Obama adviser David Axelrod took similar aim at Romney, saying his record at Bain Capital signaled an anti-worker mindset.

"I don't think that, frankly, bringing a Bain mentality to this economy, to running this economy makes him a strong candidate," Axelrod said. "I don't think shifting and moving around on positions, fundamental positions is one that people are going to embrace. Trust is a big issue in the presidency. I think there's a big trust question when it comes to Governor Romney."

At Saturday's GOP presidential debate, Romney said his record of creating jobs at Bain was strong.

"In the business I had, we invested in over 100 different businesses, and net-net, taking out the ones where we lost jobs and those that we added, those businesses have now added over 100,000 jobs," Romney said.

Axelrod said Romney's claims about job creation at Bain didn't ring true.

"I know he says it's a net-net number, and he said I'm a numbers guy. The problem is that neither he nor his campaign can furnish any evidence to support that," Axelrod said.

Axelrod continued, "He's not a job creator, he's a corporate raider. Those aren't the values that we want to lead our economy."


Programming Note: Watch the ABC News/Yahoo News/WMUR New Hampshire presidential debate Sunday night on CNN at 8 p.m. ET.

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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • Mitt Romney
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    I don’t know why democrats focus on Romney, conservatives we don’t like Romney. We wish democrats adopt Romney. We don’t want Romney.
    Our dream ticket was Jon Huntsman/ Tim Pawlenty very strong ticket Romney destroyed our dream

    January 8, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is the chosen one of the Kochs and Rove, so he will be the republican candidate. He is ideal for the billionaires, as he is easily manipulated, spineless, clueless on foreign policy, and the biggest flip flopper in the republican party. The fact that he is almost as wealthy as Steven Forbes, and is bought and paid for by Wall Street, make him the candidate of the upper .00001% of wealthy Americans.

    January 8, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. diridi

    Deb, don't you worry, if people are smart, and clever, they do not ever vote to these GOP idiots. o.k, Don't they know Romney stand for Private-Equity-Capitalist? If they don't it is their karma....and Fate of USA! Obama2012/Hillary16.

    January 8, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. T'sah From Virginia

    If you have to run for a political ticket to pay your mortgage – then you don’t qualify
    Therefore, according to MITTens, you have to be RICH and not live on the “Other Side”
    He also stated that “People are Corporations” – can you imagine that crap
    Therefore, you buy businesses to gain $$$$$$ and then sell them out – and those are facts

    MITTens really showed his REAL self in the debate; finally, the other candidates had enough
    They exposed him for what he really is – Now maybe the voters will see he’s not that tough
    I think this might “hurt” MITTens in NH and they will catch on “for goodness sake”
    And realize the TRUTH about MITTens and how much he LIES and a “flip-flopping” fake

    Obama 2012 – Because the more we see what’s coming from the “other side” – the more we have a need to “kick some behind”

    January 8, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. freedog

    I hope they keep Wasserman Shultz out center and front...there's nothing that will turn off independents more..she's creepy.

    January 8, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Jim , Va.

    Wasserman Shiltz is being tutored by "foot in mouth Biden". She's not any more competent than Obama.

    January 8, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. dontbow

    well of course, whoever the likely republican candidate will be the dumocrats will start their trash and burn campaign against. nothing new from these wastes of space.

    January 8, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    No need to focus on Willard as he will hang himself in the GE. He won't be surrounded by people in his party (whatever that is) who with the exception of Gingrich are afraid of him. President Obama won't be afraid and won't hold back any punches and that is why despite the noise they make about Obama doing such a bad job they are having such a hard time deciding who to put up against him. In the end Obama will be a two term president.

    January 8, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. sara

    I love this woman! Tell it like it is! Of course West don't like her, he doesn't like women period! Including his mama

    January 8, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    @Wire Palladin, S. F.: "Mittens is the chosen one of the Kochs and Rove, ..."

    Couldn't have said it better! Thanks!!

    January 8, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. bullock w

    Kick out of presdient obama 2012

    January 8, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Irma in north Carolina

    I think that all the fox people on here, should not be allowed to comment on this site, go back to fox we dont need aninals like you around

    January 8, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. soul man

    wasserman shultz is spot on mitt and newt and the fake god man santorum are trying to turn this country back to the 1860.s but we are. not having it we are moving fordward thank you .obama .2012

    January 8, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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    January 8, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think any of the Republicans have offered new ideas that are vastly different than previous GOP ideology. It would be nice to see something different.

    January 8, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |