McDonnell furiously defends Romney from Obama salvo
July 13th, 2012
12:16 PM ET
11 years ago

McDonnell furiously defends Romney from Obama salvo

Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) - The war of words over Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital flared Friday morning inside a Virginia trucking company, as the state's normally mild-mannered Gov. Bob McDonnell harshly rebuked the Obama campaign for demanding that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee release more of his tax returns.

At a press conference inside a Williamsburg trucking company organized by the Republican Governors Association to coincide with President Obama's campaign swing through the commonwealth, McDonnell and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker derided the president for using Bain to distract from his "horrible" record in the White House.

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Walker and McDonnell were in Williamsburg to attend the annual meeting of the National Governors Association.

"All that wonderful lofty hope and change rhetoric in 2008 has now delved into a message of division and destruction and malaise," McDonnell told reporters.

After spending several minutes picking apart President Obama's record on job creation and spending, McDonnell became animated when a reporter asked if Romney should release more than just two years of tax returns in order to put to rest questions about his personal investments and offshore holdings.

McDonnell called on the president to pull his campaign ads accusing Romney of outsourcing jobs while at Bain. He bluntly accused Obama of running a "reckless" and "irresponsible" campaign designed to "scare people."

"For this president to run his campaign on ads about Bain Capital, which are absolutely false misrepresentations, he has been called out by the Washington Post, by, he his just flat wrong," McDonnell said, beads of sweat gathering on his brow. "It's false and he ought to pull those ads. To talk about Mitt Romney's tax returns, when he has complied with the law, he ought to be talking about taxes and energy and getting people back to work and reducing the debt."

Walker made a similar argument, accusing Obama of trying to change the subject from his record in office.

When asked if Bain is fair part of Romney's record to examine, Walker said people should focus on his record as governor of Massachusetts.

And McDonnell, standing off to the side, shook his head and said, "No, no."

He took to the podium again and said that if Bain did engage in the outsourcing of jobs, it happened after Romney left Bain in 1999 (though the exact time of Romney's departure from the private equity firm is currently the subject of debate).

"All these attacks are things that happened after Mitt Romney left as the managing director of Bain," McDonnell said. "To the degree that there is any truth to these outsourcing allegations – these are things that happened after 1999."

McDonnell touted Romney's record at Bain as recently as May.

"As Governor of Massachusetts and head of Bain Capital, he did enormous work to stimulate entrepreneurship and free enterprise, over 100,000 new jobs," he recently told Fox News.

Filed under: 2012 • Bob McDonnell • Mitt Romney • President Obama • RGA • Scott Walker • Virginia
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. cicName

    Romney is the only person that can stop the so called lies. Governors, tell him to release 12 yrs of tax returns like his father did.
    Gops demanded the president's birth certificate and they didn't rest till he showed it, although, some of you guys still believe it was fake. i.e trump,sara both with IQ of a12 grade.

    July 13, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    As Governor of Massachusetts and head of Bain Capital, he did enormous work to stimulate entrepreneurship and free enterprise, over 100,000 new jobs,"
    Yes but NOT in this country.
    Jeesh! Somebody really, REALLY wants to be picked to be Vice President doesn't he?! I don't see why he's in such a hurry to LOSE with the loser he'd be running with.
    Oh well, go figure.

    July 13, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. anagram_kid

    The issue I have with the argument of a ‘sudden departure’ is that I don’t believe Gov. Romney did not have a plan in place well prior to 1999. Gov. Romney is a very intelligent person and a savvy businessman. I find it very difficult to accept that he was not grooming his replacement(s) long before 1999. But then again I don’t understand why someone of his intelligence cannot come up with a better strategy than ‘Obama bad’. I personally don’t care if he kept the Bain job, but part of being a leader is understanding that it makes more sense to convince others why rules need to change than to simply breaking them because it is the easy path.

    July 13, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Peggy - TX

    Just b/c he did not show up at the office, does not mean that he left Bain. So when Romney says he left Bain but remained the top officer and 100% owner of the company he lied. It did not leae the company because he remained liable for any wrong doing by the company and also profited off the company activities.

    May be he did ignore the company and its activities, but then that would be some what negligent on his part considering his liabilities and ownership status . What does Romney have to hide ... it is not against the law to out source jobs, it is not against the law to make money by hostile taking over a company, selling off its assets and shipping the Jobs to China or India, so just come clean Mr. Romney and show the American people where you got your money and what you did with it.

    If you are not willing to disclosure that, then why any one in their right mind vote for you to become top executive of the United States Government?

    July 13, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. CaliforniaBC

    Funny how bent out of shape the Republicans get when a solid shot across their bow comes out but they ave no problem lying about everything to beat Obama.

    July 13, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. wang

    Harry From Pa

    Wow, a true genius here folks!

    July 13, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. v_mag

    Release of tax records has been the defacto standard for presidential wanna-be's for decades. The fact that Rob-money refuses to play by the rules points to a cover-up.

    Personally, I want to see his birth certificate, too. Not the short form. Not that photocopy that they fiddled with. The original! I think anybody that out of touch with America must have been born on the planet Kolub!

    July 13, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Charlies

    The worst, most destructive, most dishonest, most divisive, and the dirtest politician in the last several decades is: OBAMA. Now he reveals his true character that was hided in "Change you can" in 2008.

    July 13, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. tellin it like it is

    candidates are under no legal requirement to disclose any of this. romney is right to tell them to go pound sand. democrats have nothing to run on after 4 years in the whitehouse, the economy is still in the tank, unemployment is still at record levels and they are out of tricks. so this is the nonsense they revert to. pretty pathetic for people that call themselves leaders.

    July 13, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. PJ/Tx

    Only MItt signed the SEC forms stating he was sole owner, shareholder, and Chairman of the Board. He thinks we believe he had nothing to do with the decisions of his own company even though he would be held
    liable if anything went wrong?
    It took three years for the "firm" to fill the so-called void. That would be way after 1999. Even I can understand
    how that would be "reckless" and "irresponsible".
    McDonnell and Walker = Tea Party = Koch Bros = not trustworthy.

    July 13, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |

    Romney outsourced government jobs in mass,to India while gov. Of mass .call center jobs ,check it .

    July 13, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Dan

    If Governor Romney has nothing to hide, why did he destroy all Government computer records of his time as Governor?

    If Governor Romney has nothing to hide, why won't he be like his father and release 12 years of tax records. Romney's father said no American should vote for someone who is afraid to be "open and honest with Americans". Romney's father believed Americans should be able to see how a person earns a living.

    If Governor Romney has nothing to hide, why did he put money in island accounts and Swiss bank accounts?
    Where I come from, only criminals hide money in accounts like this.

    July 13, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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