Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign defended his private sector career and called his rivals' attacks "embarrassing" in a new television ad released Friday in South Carolina.
Romney's work at a private equity firm has become a target of GOP opponents Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, who have charged Romney enriched himself by shedding American jobs.
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"We expected the Obama administration to put free markets on trial," the Romney ad said. "But as the Wall Street Journal said, Mr. Romney's GOP opponents are embarrassing themselves by taking the Obama line."
The spot, "Bright Future," also flashed the names of three companies Romney invested in at Bain Capital - Staples, Sports Authority and Steel Dynamics.
Speaking with reporters Thursday, Romney said those companies, along with another - Bright Horizons Children's Centers - created more then 100,000 jobs.
He acknowledged some companies his firm invested in had lost jobs, but said the losses totaled "a few thousand."
"In each case where there was job loss there was an effort on the part of the management team to try and preserve the business so it had a brighter future," Romney said Thursday. "That's why that happens, is to try and make the business more successful and give it an ongoing future. But the net of the two is pretty clearly well over 100,000 jobs."
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Gov. Romney's claims of 100,000 jobs created are intentionally misleading. People are attacking him over his record at Bain Capital because they are asking for proof of his claim. He offers none. Romney's total probably includes thousands of jobs created *after* he left Bain full time. A president can ony count job creation for the years that he is actually in office. This difference is where Gov. Romney's claims are willfully misleading. He's been caught in a lie, he knows it, and now he's trying to deflect attention away from these facts.
It's only embarrassing for Mitt that people are really finding out that he is no job creator.
the most embarrassing thing about it to Mitt is that it is NOT the Democrats that are doing it, it is his OWN party. Which means somewhere in the Republican party there is a feeling that agreed with some Democratic views of capitalism all along. It's great but it does have flaws and Newt and Perry have pointed out some of the flaws.
Rudy – There is no lie. As president you probably can;t count jobs because you don't make the choice yourselves. The president needs to give incentives and make the rules favorable. Yet, President Obama has delayed. He is now,according to the headline above this Morning on 01/13/2012 is trying to create a smaller government (just like the GOP). He is only taking ideas, he wants to move to the right a little so people like him more. He has no clue what he is doing.
Voters deserve to know all the details about Bain. Can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen!
Romney a successful man and job creator. People who don't know what it takes, just bring him down. So naive.
Romney has to blame Romney
Romney was preparing past 6 years now he couldn’t defend his records shame
“called his rivals' attacks "embarrassing" he couldn’t come up with better response shame
Yeah Willard, I'd be embarrassed too if all the claims I had publicly made regarding my business experience and job creation had been debunked. I'd be embarrassed if my actual role as a vulture capitalist was exposed. I'd be embarrassed if my claims regarding job creation numbers were shown to be completely false. I'd be embarrassed to if I was exposed as an arrogant elitist that lies without shame. Romney was a wealth creator, not a "job creator" – there's a huge difference.
Furthermore, it seems to me that Romney is going to have to develop a much thicker skin if he gets the nomination.
Take a page from President Obama's book Mittens. He withstood all the criticisms,and insults manufactured and otherwise, that the GOP threw at him. He handled it with grace, statesmanship,amd class.
If you stopped lying and misrepresenting your accomplishments you would'nt be in this "embarrassing" situation.
All anyone needs to know about Romney is he is a "job killer" who laughed all the way to the bank.
Thats what you get for pretending you were a job creator when you were just the banker. Romney embarrased himself by using false information to pump up his resume because he was a failure at job creation when it counted as a Governor
He is a liar....Bain Capital shipped jobs to China mercilessly for Greed.
No Mitens, your false claims are embarrassing. As much as I detest Newt and Perry, they are doing a fine job of exposing you. Good luck...you'll need it
Romney started it – he is to blame for the disinigration of the GOP campaign tactics. He is the ultimate embarassment.
I guess the question is if these are the high points, where are the low points? He can't be a winner on everything.
What he did may have been legal and perfectly fine and it helped some companies. But his bottom line was to make money and not create jobs. He could have cared less if some people got laid off. Romney still does not care, just another notch in his success belt.