Obama super PAC will target Romney in New Hampshire
June 14th, 2012
09:39 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama super PAC will target Romney in New Hampshire

(CNN)- Mitt Romney's return to New Hampshire isn't going unnoticed by the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, which will air a television spot in the state slamming the Republican presidential candidate for his tenure as a venture capitalist.

Priorities USA Action will air the spot Friday as Romney returns to New Hampshire to kick off his six-state, five-day bus tour. Romney's first stop will be at the farm in Stratham where he officially declared his presidential bid last June.

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The Priorities USA Action spot highlights the New Hampshire-based company Holson Burnes, which was acquired by Romney's firm Bain Capital and later shut down.

"When Mitt Romney visits New Hampshire, remember his record," text in the ad declares.

News reports then flash on-screen about the shuttering of the Holson Burnes plant in Claremont, New Hampshire, in 1992.

"If Mitt Romney win$, the middle class loses," the ad concludes.

In a statement, Priorities USA Action senior strategist Bill Burton wrote Romney's record left New Hampshire workers struggling.

"In business, Mitt Romney profited from bankruptcies and layoffs while families in New Hampshire and across the country lost everything," Burton wrote. "Romney made millions even when he drove companies into the ground, workers lost their jobs, and promised retirement benefits were eliminated."

Democrats began targeting Romney's record at Bain beginning in May, after the former Massachusetts governor became the presumptive Republican nominee for president. Obama's campaign, along with his aligned super PAC, sought to portray Romney as a corporate raider interested only in securing profits for himself and his company.

Romney's campaign say the attacks ignore Bain's successes, including creating jobs at well-known companies like Sports Authority and Staples. They also say the attacks reflect an anti-business attitude from the White House.

In a statement Thursday, a Romney campaign spokeswoman said the Priorities USA Action ad was intended to distract from a failed economic message.

"President Obama's allies are using false attacks to distract voters from the President's out of touch comments that the private sector is 'doing fine,'" Amanda Henneberg wrote. "Middle-class Americans aren't doing fine and President Obama's policies have not helped. 23 million Americans are struggling for work, incomes have fallen, and gas prices have doubled. On day one, Mitt Romney will put in place policies that will get the economy moving, bring back jobs, and help the middle class."

Some of Obama's higher-profile surrogates also appeared skeptical of the Bain attacks, including Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker and former president Bill Clinton. Both pointed to the successes in Romney's record, saying he was a good businessman.

On Thursday, Bain Capital issued a statement responding to the Priorities USA ad, saying the suggestions about the firm's involvement with Holson Burnes were "simply false."

"The Claremont, NH plant was closed in 2005, 10 years after Bain Capital sold its ownership stake in the company. During its ownership Bain Capital grew Holson Burnes dramatically, investing millions of dollars and a great deal of time to improve Holson Burnes' competitiveness and building the Claremont, NH plant into the world's largest manufacturing facility for photo albums," the statement read.

It continued, "Bain Capital is focused on growing great companies and improving their operations. Mitt Romney retired from Bain Capital over 13 years ago. We are not a political organization, and take no public position on any candidate. We are extremely proud of our employees and management teams, who have grown revenues in over 80 percent of our 350 companies, which include over 100 start-up investments."

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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • New Jersey • President Obama
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney was a failure in the public sector, yet his record is off limits for criticism. His alleged job creation at Bain is non existent, yet that is off limits as well. Tax evasion, money laundering, vulture capitalism, corporate raiding, pension stealing, and class warfare are Mittens only qualities.

    June 14, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Mittens is elected, he will bring another near depression to America. Will he expect the government to bail him out like the olympics and his corporate raiding?

    June 14, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Shady business practices does not make you suited to be POTUS. Just how many jobs did Willard create while at Bain??? And where are the tax returns? What is he hiding???

    June 14, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. rla

    Yea the middle class is doing so well under Obama and the projections are that if he gets another four years we may be sunk as a nation.... Let's get over this progressive lie!

    June 14, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Romney's first stop will be at the farm in Stratham where he officially declared his presidential bid last June."

    This bus trip is going to be a Mitt Romney disaster.

    I'm beginning to think we gave Gingrich, Santorum, Cain, and Bachmann too much credit for the ClownCar primary theatrics we all became so disgusted with. Mitt's been running the show for a month or so now, and it's obvious he's the biggest clown of them all.

    I can't imagine Romney's antics sit well with the GOP elders anymore than Palin's did in 2008. Oh, they'll endorse him, but at what cost to America?

    This man isn't mentally fit to become President. He just isn't.

    June 14, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. getu

    Romney just want to be president that is all. How he create job in America when he sent his profit overseas?

    June 14, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Mitt Romney is a clown, very bad for this nation. He will ban SS, Medicare and bring thousands of illegals, India guys, china guys for cheap labor.....nation needs to stop it forthwith.

    June 14, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. ToldUso

    So Bain created jobs at Staples and Sports Authority? Yeah, low paying service jobs selling products that used to be made in the USA. If we are going to continue to prosper, we need jobs at all levels, especially manufacturing. Overall, Romney owns a net job loss, just like Bush.

    June 14, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Romney first in,history to sign a pledge to a lobbyist, how many other back door pledges by a presidential canadate from the republican bafoon party ???????????

    June 14, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. SafeJourney

    They better start targeting Romney all over the U.S. If Romney is elected, America will be forced back to the Bush Era policies (Romney has hired the bush advisors) and we Americans all know what happened because of the Bush policies.

    June 14, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. incredulous

    Has Romney ever explained how a family can survive on a salary from a company like Staples? Do these jobs come with health care benefits and if not what do the employees do for health care?

    June 14, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    Obama's campaign, along with his aligned super PAC, sought to portray Romney as a corporate raider interested only in securing profits for himself and his company.
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    There's a very good reason Obama has chosen to attack Mitt Romney on such an odd, easily debunked argument. It's all Obama/ Biden 2012 can dig up. Mitt Romney's record is excellent. He is an excellent father and husband. His record as Governor and as a businessman are clean and successful. He has strong values and he has lived his life by them. It must be tough to run against such a strong opponent. A guy who is capable and ready for the job. Romney 2012.

    June 14, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney does not care about the poor, he said they have some help. But that is only until he is elected and takes it away from them. No more food for poor children is how the GOP has become pro life.

    June 14, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Four – Really????? Come on, really??????

    June 14, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Love344

    The gop created this monster so Dems play them at their own game

    June 14, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. tv22

    Romney lives in NH and assumedly pays some taxes there. Now if NH wants to chase out its wealthy residents, then I'm sure Vermont and Maine would be happy to have them.

    BTW, to the guy who says Romney doesn't care for the poor, he gives more in charity every year than you'll likely earn in your lifetime.

    June 14, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Wingnuts think that Mittens is a strong candidate, yet he could barely get above 40% in the contested primaries.

    June 14, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Four and The Door

    Wire Palladin, S. F.
    Wingnuts think that Mittens is a strong candidate, yet he could barely get above 40% in the contested primaries.
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    But unfortunate for Obama/ Biden 2012 he won. The Republican party has realized that beating Obama is more important than ideological extremism. Mitt Romney will carry the majority of Independents that Obama has alienated with his liberal policies and failures.

    June 14, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. kakaraka

    tv22, Romney gave charity only to his mormon church. His vulture capitalism, borrowing money to buy companies, bankrupting them, firing workers, eliminating their retirement pensions is an issue here no matter if you support him or not. It's a moral and character issue. Giving to mormon church doesn't have anything to do with this fraudulent behavior.

    June 14, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Malory Archer

    His record as Governor and as a businessman are clean and successful.

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    What record? He hasn't released anything pertaining to his buisness dealings. All we have to go on are his words and those of the people whose livelyhoods he destroyed and whose pensions he stole – and stuck the taxpayers with the bill!

    June 14, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Four – ideological extremism???? Like Mittens immigration plan "Self Deport." Maybe, "Corporations are people, my friend." How about, "I don't care about the poor." Why not "Rich people are the job creators." Since these all attack the core of our constitution, I can only say, "That my wingnut friend is extremism. "

    June 14, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A wingnut thinks giving to the Mormon Church is better than having our country provide the poor, elderly, and those in need: food stamps, planned parenthood, access to health care, meals for children, social security, etc. Those programs are important as well, and yes, more than I will make in my life time.

    June 14, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Vague talking points does not equal a record that Mittens can run on.

    June 14, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. judy

    4 and the door has let the door hit him in the head. Every time the presidents side runs an add you would think he beat the crap out of mitt. when in fact his ads are pretty factual and mild compared to the lies and distortions coming from the milktoast camp. Get a grip unless we keep on point we cant compete with the lies that have been spouting from the repos for tha last 3 years. They have repeated them for so long people believe them. Thats their stratagey.and we need to couter adt it. Obama 2012 Forward.

    June 14, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    ....There's a very good reason Obama has chosen to attack Mitt Romney on such an odd, easily debunked argument....
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    If it is so easily debunked, how come Mitt Romney has yet to debunk any of it....from Perry to Gingrich to Santorum and now Pres. Obama. Reason. Because he cannot debunk it.

    Mitt Romney goes around bragging about how 80% of Bain investments turned a profit. He wants you to think that means 80% created jobs, while 20% perhaps did not. Romney chooses his words most carefully. He always speaks in terms of turning a profit, when speaking about Bain. It was Romney who claimed to have "created 100,000 jobs while at Bain" and has yet to produce any proof of it.

    June 14, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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