Democrats: Romney leaves N.H. as a 'wounded candidate'
January 11th, 2012
08:12 AM ET
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Democrats: Romney leaves N.H. as a 'wounded candidate'

(CNN) - Despite Mitt Romney's commanding win in New Hampshire's primary on Tuesday, national Democrats argued the Republican presidential frontrunner's 40% finish–with 95 precincts reporting–was less than a victory.

"He came out of this primary as a wounded candidate," Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Wednesday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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Given his focused campaigning in the state and experience as governor in the neighboring state of Massachusetts, Wasserman Schultz said Romney "should have had droves of Republicans coming to the polls to vote" for him.

"That's a problem," she added.

Her comments echo similar remarks from President Barack Obama's re-election team, which wasted no time Tuesday night launching new criticism against the former governor.

An Obama campaign official told CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin that recent days have showed the "central rationale for (Romney's) candidacy unraveling" as he's answered attacks on his corporate past.

"After a great recession caused in large measure by Wall Street greed and recklessness, America can't afford to put in the Oval Office a corporate raider who thinks outsourcing jobs, stripping down companies and bankrupting them for profit represents the best of the free enterprise system," the official said.

National Democrats have hammered Romney over his tenure as former CEO of Bain Capital, a private investment firm that profited in buying and streamlining other companies, eventually leading to lay-offs.

Some Republicans have also joined in the charge, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who characterized Bain Capital as a group of "vulture capitalists" on Tuesday.

Romney responded saying his opponents are putting "free enterprise" on trial and reminded voters his firm ultimately created 100,000 jobs.

On Wednesday, Romney shrugged off the latest attacks, saying he doubts the Democratic-led criticism will hurt his campaign and added he "felt sorry" for Wasserman Schultz.

"She's got to stand up for the president's record, and it's pretty bad," he said on CNN's "Starting Point."

Filed under: 2012 • Democratic National Committee • DNC • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • President Obama
soundoff (18 Responses)

    It says alot about your chances of winning when you have a residence in the state but only manage to get 39% of the vote. In the words of the President, I call that a shelacking. John McCain barely won Arizona in 2008. Willard is wounded and is going to get demolished in South Carolina.

    January 11, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. No Bush

    Welcome! Mr. 45th!!

    January 11, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. Average American

    Dear Mitt, I am not envious of you...I just don't like you or your version of "free enterprise". You were born into money and then used your power to chop up companies, making a profit for shareholders while ruining other American's lives. There is nothing there to be jealous of, my friend!

    January 11, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. Indy

    Romneys record is 47th in job creation and at Bain he was the banker not the one hiring people,Bain did not start these companies they swooped in and took them over, the ideas,innovation and services had nothing to do with Bain or Romney.

    January 11, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  5. diridi

    Deb, here is a correction, not 40%, it is 37%, then Paul was 28%. And for the question, do you want to win Romney to win the GOP, here is 60% and 40%. This vividly denotes, that Mittens is not winnable to Obama. My assertion, Any one who has head–will never vote for GOP guys, because they messed, and they are for Rich, Corporate-Greed, and Oil, and they are not-not for middle-class. They want to ban Social Security, Medicare, they want to hard earned Health Care. Divert money to Insurance companies. I was told BCBS already paid Mitt. Some one needs to dig it....Obama2012.

    January 11, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. Moderating Voice

    Look Chairmen Schultz you are the same person who said that Obama is leading in all the polls by the way the Real Clear Politics average has Obama being down by a full percentage point against the generic Republican and by the way your own Public Policy Polling has Romney up by 2 in their latest poll and CBS has also got Romney up by 2 as well. Need I say more?

    January 11, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. independent101

    Wounded indeed... Check out Fox News, MSNBC and all the right-wing outlets and they are all running away from Romney's tenure at Bain. "it's a non issue" or "capitalism on trial" they said. Repubs better hope that this guy doesn't get the nomination because he will get CREAMED in the general by being portrayed as a "corporate raider".

    I'm looking forward to seeing "When Bain Came to Town" when Gingrich's camp releases it.

    January 11, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. LegendRx

    What bad record? Congress (the republican House and Senate, bad record, is more like it. Romney is a lier, the truth is not in him. Up against bigotry and the republican obstructionist, bordering on treason, I say, President Barack Obama has done a stand up job. Take the time and do the research, you will find that this president has done more good in the three short years then most presidents do in eight. America moved ahead in 2008, living up to it's mantra, that the last can be first. As true american, lets not abandon the power of the moral majority, let's continue to lift and move this country forward with Barack Obama, a true and fateful leader for the 99%. One percent (1% Romney is bad for this country . . . Period. Romney will sell pieces of America to the highest bidder.

    January 11, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. ST

    I was very astonished last night to hear Romney's speech. He sounded as if he has won the nomination already. For god's sake, winning 2 states doesn't mean anything. I urge other contenders to show him that you are also in a competition. Make the whole process be meaningful.

    January 11, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |

    Find it very interesting that they are calling Romney a wounded candidate. What else would you exspect from them, THEY ARE NERVIOUS. Godd luck Mitt looking forward to a President that has a business back ground and shares the fundimental beliefs that has made this country great , God bless Mitt Romney and God BLESS THE USA

    January 11, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. gg

    for two years we heard obama was not a christian and should not be in the white house,now that republicans now they say faith does not matter

    January 11, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. ST

    Can anyone help me to understand what Romney stands for? What I hear from him is: "I know how the economy works; I have created jobs; let us get America working again" !

    January 11, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. Just a thought


    Are you ever misinformed. Have you not noticed? The Romney-Bot has never had a regular job like you and I. His job is acquisitions and mergers, strip mining businesses and selling this office. And you want this "Corporate Vulture" as your next president.....Why? your kids can pass out the towels in one of his buddies executive washroom.

    Its regretable that some, like you, can look at the obvious and still come out with the wrong answer... But don't worry, your children won't suffer from your lack of judgment or ability to grasp the obvious...There are enough intelligent votes in america that will re-elect Obama.

    January 11, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. A True Centrist

    "He came out of this primary as a wounded candidate" – HAHAHAH...he left with 40% of the vote and is the first Republican candidate in almost 40 years to win both Iowa and New Hampshire. Wounded?

    I'm not a huge Romney fan but as an anybody but Obama supporter, I can tell you Debbie is reaching here.

    January 11, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Courtney

    If Mitt Romney wins the GOP primary, then I believe he will lose to Obama in the general election. Obama is a much better campaigner and debater. Mitt Romney a lot of the times, sounds very condescending to his opponents. He also gets very defensive when confronted about his past history in politics, including his business dealings.

    January 11, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Independent Voters

    Romney is the biggest joke out in the campaign..He lied about everything, flip flopper, Bain, teaparty, 47 th job correction in Mass. Now you chose who should be our president.

    January 11, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    If Romney is wounded........Obama is shattered.

    January 11, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. Two and the Door for House Republicans

    Unless those who didn't vote for him get on board come the general election, I can't really see him winning NH. It behooves me that people can't see that becoming President is just another notch in his belt. Mitt is just like Bush they come from wealth and when they run out things to do, they say to their wealthy friends "You know I want to be President" and the friends fall in line getting he or she the money to do it!! Once in office they screw up big time I mean look at what Bush did!!!

    January 11, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |