July 25th, 2012
04:28 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP strategists: Bain attack ads are this year's Swift Boat campaign

(CNN) – Longtime Republican strategists see something familiar in President Barack Obama's re-election campaign's attacks on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tenure as head of the private equity firm Bain Capital.

Those critiques, they say, seem to borrow a page from the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign that called into question the service record of then-Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War veteran.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bain Capital • Mitt Romney
Romney campaign expected to launch multipronged effort to rebut attacks
July 17th, 2012
08:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign expected to launch multipronged effort to rebut attacks

Washington (CNN) – In the face of a barrage of negative ads about Bain Capital–as well as calls from Republicans for Mitt Romney to release more years of tax returns–expect the Romney campaign to launch a multipronged offensive to fight back.

There is some acknowledgement inside the campaign, according to sources, that the attacks by the Obama re-election team have begun to drive up Romney's negative ratings. While the national horserace numbers have not moved, there is a sense that the underlying numbers are showing some changes–and not in a good way.
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July 13th, 2012
09:20 PM ET
2 years ago

What we learned from Mitt Romney

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney tried time and again to make one thing clear in our interview. On five different occasions in the first few minutes of the interview, Romney said he had “no role whatsoever” at Bain Capital after February 1999.

Here are the ways he said it:
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July 13th, 2012
07:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama says Romney needs to explain his Bain timetable

(CNN) - President Barack Obama weighed in Friday on the controversy surrounding when Mitt Romney surrendered leadership of his former financial firm, Bain Capital, saying he thinks the Republican candidate should address questions that have been raised.

The issue has dominated the political conversation since documents surfaced earlier in the week suggesting that Romney might not have left Bain in 1999 as his campaign has long claimed.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bain Capital • Mitt Romney • President Obama
July 13th, 2012
06:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Acosta interview: Romney's spirited Bain rebuttal

(CNN) - Following a week of some of the sharpest attacks yet on his management of the financial firm Bain Capital, Mitt Romney offered a vocal defense Friday of his tenure there and strongly disputed reports he left the firm years later than he has previously said.

"There's nothing wrong with being associated with Bain Capital, of course," Romney said in an interview with CNN's Jim Acosta. "But the truth is that I left any role at Bain Capital in February of 1999."
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Filed under: 2012 • Bain Capital • Mitt Romney • Taxes • TV-The Situation Room
New Romney ad asks ‘what happened’ to Obama
July 13th, 2012
07:59 AM ET
2 years ago

New Romney ad asks ‘what happened’ to Obama

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign released a new television ad Friday, using footage of President Barack Obama's 2008 Democratic National Convention speech to frame the president as hypocritical in his campaign tactics.

The intended point of the 30-second spot, titled "What happened?", is to fault Obama for making "dishonest" attacks in the 2012 presidential race, despite condemning such a strategy in his speech four years ago.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Bain Capital • Mitt Romney • President Obama
John King: Why is 1999 so important to 2012?
July 12th, 2012
10:39 PM ET
2 years ago

John King: Why is 1999 so important to 2012?

Washington (CNN) - So just why is 1999 suddenly such a flashpoint in Campaign 2012?

Team Obama says 1999 is the birth year of "The Big Bain Lie" and goes on to suggest that Mitt Romney might have committed a felony.

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Romney team defiant in response to Bain attack
July 12th, 2012
07:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney team defiant in response to Bain attack

Boston (CNN) – Senior advisers to Mitt Romney's campaign are calling the latest round of Bain attacks from Team Obama "an act of desperation" and "beyond the pale."

"Either they don't understand what they are talking about or they are completely reckless," a senior Romney adviser tells CNN.
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Romney team disputes report he misled on Bain departure date
July 12th, 2012
04:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney team disputes report he misled on Bain departure date

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign is shooting down a new Boston Globe report Thursday that claims the former private equity CEO remained at his firm, Bain Capital, for three years longer than he claims.

The newspaper points to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that state he owned 100% of the company until as late as 2002, though Romney says he left in 1999.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bain Capital • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Mud flies: Romney and Obama teams fight over Bain charges
July 12th, 2012
04:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Mud flies: Romney and Obama teams fight over Bain charges

(CNN) – Following fierce accusations from top Obama aides over Romney's tenure as head of Bain Capital, the Romney campaign fired back Thursday claiming the Obama team was being "reckless."

In a call with reporters, Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager to the President, cited a Boston Globe report that Mitt Romney was in control of the private equity company he helped found three years beyond 1999 – the year the Republican candidate says he left the company to lead the Salt Lake City Olympics. She said he could face criminal consequences for misrepresenting his time at the company.
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Filed under: Bain Capital • Mitt Romney • Stephanie Cutter
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