Romney faces Medicare attacks in Florida
January 27th, 2012
02:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney faces Medicare attacks in Florida

(CNN) - GOP presidential front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich barnstormed across Florida on Friday, trying to rally supporters and break away in the polls four days before what is shaking up to be a pivotal primary in that state.

The morning after a heated CNN/Florida Republican Party debate in Jacksonville, a pro-Gingrich super PAC hit the airwaves with a television ad essentially accusing Romney of committing Medicare fraud. One of Gingrich's top Florida backers, former state Attorney General Bill McCollum, also raised questions about Romney's past service on the board of Damon Corp., a Massachusetts medical testing company that pleaded guilty in 1996 to billing Medicare fraudulently and that paid a $119 million fine.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The more of these ads Gingrich runs, the more people will abandon him. These are very false and malicious ads. Serving on a Board does NOT mean you were responsible for commiting fraud if some low level employees did something wrong. Directors do NOT, and most times are prohibited, from getting involved in the day to day affairs of running and managing the business.

    Obama gave many millions to several bankrupt green companies. Solyndra's bankruptcy may involve fraud or violations of the law. Will Obama take responsibility for THAT???

    January 27, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    It is my understanding that this is a straw man argument.
    Supposedly, all of the fraud occured AFTER Romney left and Bain had sold the business.

    January 27, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Romney’s money is blood money, Pink slip money and homeless money now all are in offshore underground banks
    Please leave him alone because I don’t want to hear one more lie from him,
    I heard enough not to vote for him

    January 27, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    An endorsement from Florida's oh-so-popular governor would be very helpful!

    January 27, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    Can a corporation go to jail? But I thought they were people too ! Can they vote, carry a gun, marry, get evicted, go hungry ? We KNOW they can't be asked to pay taxes.

    January 27, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Dee

    Newt's strategy is simple: If you can't reach 'em, tear 'em down. Pretty pathetic, if you ask me. I saw last night that he can only go so deep in a debate. If his first bite doesn't get you, he's done. Romney looked much better last night and I , for one, am glad there's someone running for President that has actually earned his money. If we can get that incompetent socialist out of the White House, we might can make an economic comeback. Stacking the NLRB with non-confirmed, recess-appointed unionites tells us all we need to know about his understanding of a free market system....................

    January 27, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. @Truth

    Did Obama serve on the Board of Directors? Are you such a republican homer/hack that you can not see the flaws in your own candidates? We have not eve discussed Romney epic failure as a governor in regards to the Big Dig project. Wait until that information surfaces.

    January 27, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Welfare fraud? Mittens and our republican Florida governor have a lot in common.

    January 27, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    "Solyndra's bankruptcy may involve fraud or violations of the law."

    And your evidence for that is?

    January 27, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    @ sonny, you are so right but the old farts on the scotus made them people so what can we do?
    BTW flip flopper, newterman did say that Spanish is the language of the ghetto (see Daily Show – they seem to come up with really juicy stuff that the media either doesn't report or are scared to report even it it's the truth).
    I am sure that not just in Florida but all around the country people who speak Spanish want to hear it again from the mouth of that windbag. nl has put down blacks, spanish speaking people, jews, women, young people and I am pretty sure that before he leaves Florida he is going to tick off (is that better cnn?)the elderly (if I am forgetting that he already did).

    January 27, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Directors do NOT, and most times are prohibited, from getting involved in the day to day affairs of running and managing the business.
    Then what good are they? Waste of a good paycheck.

    January 27, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Truth asked:

    Obama gave many millions to several bankrupt green companies. Solyndra's bankruptcy may involve fraud or violations of the law. Will Obama take responsibility for THAT???
    Now that you mention it .... nope, it is not Obama's liability. So, why do conservatives keep bringing it up as if he is liable?

    January 27, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Ziplock500

    Wake up people Romney is going to hide from this too...I cant be responsible for the forclosure profit because it was a "blind trust" oh wait so we find out it wasnt so blind, oh language of the ghetto? i wouldnt know about that ad we run so many neg ads...ill have to check on that...oh it was endorsed by me? um Speaker did you say that? Ahhh Damon corp? well yea we plead guilty to medicare fraud and paid a 119 million dollar fine? acting board member at time of fraud? ahhh yes but i cant be responsible for what they do....U N B E L I E V A B L E

    January 27, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Mary


    Why doesn't someone call Romney on the carpet when he speaks of the fact that he's proud of his record of "creating jobs" while in the private sector at Baine Capital? Baine Capital was NOT established to create JOBS. Baine Capital was established to create WEALTH. Period. Yes, some of their ventures resulted in new companies. But, that is not the reason for Baine's exsistence.

    Why doesn't someone make him accountable for the things he says!

    January 27, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Gingrich's wife can't be called "The First Lady" and if you haven't already noticed Newt himself can't call her that, she's the "Third Lady" as he rattles off his children by his first wife and calls his second wife a liar. Only Tiffany's recognizes Clarissa.

    January 27, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    sonny chapman – We KNOW they can't be asked to pay taxes.
    No, most corporations are NOT like 47% of the people in this country! Deadbeats.

    January 27, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. diridi

    ........................I will not only ban your Medicare, but also abolish social security, and stash my money in Cayman Island, and vehemently oppose Dream Act too......god bless.

    January 27, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. unsub

    you all talk about socialism as if it was a bad thing! most dont even know what it means?

    January 27, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    you ever notice that when some Republican is caught up in some negative issue you'll have some right winger say something to the effect "yeah but Obama has done....." even if Obama has NOTHING to do with issue at all? Just saying......

    January 27, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |