Jindal defends Romney on investment slams
July 8th, 2012
01:38 PM ET
7 years ago

Jindal defends Romney on investment slams

(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose name is often floated as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney, defended the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sunday against attacks over Romney's offshore investments.

"Look, I'm happy he's a successful businessman. We've got a president today who's never run a business, never run anything including a lemonade stand before he was president of the United States," Jindal said.

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His comments follow a week full of Democratic-led swipes at Romney for placing his money overseas in so-called tax havens, such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland.

Pressed Sunday on whether or not Romney's finances should be an influential factor in this election, Jindal described the attacks as "distractions" but said voters will likely remember them as they head to the polls.

"I think voters will consider all of the distractions thrown out by the Obama campaign," Jindal said on ABC's "This Week."

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign immediately seized on Jindal's comments, pointing out that Jindal declined to directly address questions about Romney's overseas investments and saying the governor "can't explain away" the candidate's accounts.

On the same ABC program, Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland furthered the Democratic attack line against Romney, arguing the candidate is hypocritical when he calls for creating jobs in America yet sends his own money outside the country.

"You want talk about going the way of Europe? What went the way of Europe were the Swiss bank accounts and the American dollars that Mitt Romney stuffed in that offshore Swiss bank account," O'Malley said, later adding that "Mitt Romney bets against America."

His comments echo a choir of other Democratic voices Sunday morning pushing the same message.

On CNN's "State of the Union," Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs called on Romney to release more than the two years' worth of tax returns he has so far made public as a way to answer questions about his investments.

"This is a guy whose slogan is 'Believe in America,' and it should be 'business in Bermuda,'" Gibbs said.

Meanwhile, on "Fox News Sunday," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz also joined in on the blitz.

"Americans need to ask themselves, why does an American businessman need a Swiss bank account and secretive investments like that?" Schultz said.

The Obama campaign also released a new two-and-a-half minute web video on Sunday, asking the same questions of Romney's investments, namely those listed in a Vanity Fair article published earlier this week that first kicked off the wave of attacks.

Romney's campaign has continually insisted that Romney, whose wealth could be worth as much as $250 million, has never been guilty of tax evasion nor broken any laws in his carefully managed finances.

Responding to the Sunday morning bombardment, the campaign described the attacks as "unseemly and disgusting."

"The Obama campaign's latest unfounded character assault on Mitt Romney is unseemly and disgusting," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. "Mitt Romney had a successful career in the private sector, pays every dime of taxes he owes, has given generously to charitable organizations, and served numerous causes greater than himself. Barack Obama has become what he once ran against - a typical politician willing to use false and dishonest attacks to save his job after failing to do his job. The American people expected more from this president, and he continues to let them down."

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. lib

    But But But .....he's not paying taxes on the money. Boy, jindal looks like a hawk. People will say anything to get what they want. Jindal just wants to be president and feels this may be a chance if Romney ducks out again.

    July 8, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I don't blame Jindal for standing up for Romney because he outsourced jobs to India too and mybe Jindal and Romney should both run for President of India.

    July 8, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Mike

    Nice try, Jindal, but what alexithymic Mitt REALLY did at BAIN has been exposed in the biography, THE REAL ROMNEY

    July 8, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. TellasisPatel

    Thanks Gov.Jindal for telling voters that President Obama is a very smart person, by reminding us that without ever running a lemonade stand, President Obama beat his Republican Party including businessman Romney in 2008. What kind of businessman Romney is that he spent 35 Million dollars of his money and yet failed to win his party's nomination in the last election? Republican Party has a serious talent deficit and it shows more and more everyday!

    July 8, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    The government isn't a "business", you little brown lapdog. Worry about your own state, with it's high crime, obesity, and poor education standards. Why does LA vote for this political feather-weight?

    July 8, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. labman57

    Romney is a master of both outsourcing and offshoring. He outsources his work force and he offshores his income - both done purely for personal financial gain.

    July 8, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

    What does Romney actually believe in? It's kind of hard to tell. He contradicts himself on a daily basis. He says one thing to one crowd and a whole different thing to another crowd, depending on where he is, of course. I think he is running around this country and putting down the President at every turn because he hasn't decided what his actual beliefs are yet, or the Tea Party and the Republicans haven't told him what his beliefs are maybe. He's like a man puppet just waiting to be told what his script is going to be. Whatever they turn out to be, then he'll just repeat them back like a man puppet just dangling on strings being controlled by other hands. Mitt Man Puppet. Muppitt. It's fits like a glove.

    Believe in America. Can you believe that is Romney's campaign slogan? The way he is always talking about America going the way of Europe, maybe he means millionaires like him sending their American earned dollars over to Europe to hide them away in Swiss bank accounts. He's pretty fond of the Caymans and Bermuda too. We are supposed to believe this slogan when he's sending his money to Euroge and elsewhere? Is America not good enough for your money? But what about that slogan: Believe in America? Romney sure knows how to give lip service to America, but actions speak louder than words: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

    July 8, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. SafeJourney

    Romney is investing and hiding his money in offshore accounts so he does NOT have to pay American TAXES. Jindal is just another cronie of the GOP.

    July 8, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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