Mitt Romney might have lost a little ground on the campaign trail.
But don’t blame Bain Capital.
New Washington Post-ABC News pollingshows that, whatever price the Republican presidential nominee might have paid for his work in venture capital, the issue now cuts pretty evenly in swing states.
In July, twice as many voters (32 percent) said Romney’s position at Bain was a major reason to oppose him as said it was a major reason to support him (16 percent). Those numbers are now basically a wash, with 28 percent viewing Bain as a major negative and 27 percent viewing it as a major positive.
First, he was charged with vampire capitalism. Now, Mitt Romney stands accused of forcing a laid-off employee to build what the employee calls “my own coffin.”
That’s the powerful closing line of a bold new ad from the top super PAC supporting President Obama, Priorities USA Action. The ad is the fourth in a series hitting Romney for job losses that occurred in companies taken over by the venture capital firm he founded, Bain Capital.
Bill Clinton sticks another fork in Obama’s Bain strategy, says Romney had ‘sterling’ business career
The shelf life of President Obama’s Bain Capital strategy appears to be rapidly shrinking.
Less than two weeks after Newark Mayor Cory Booker caused the Obama campaign plenty of heartburn by calling on it to “stop attacking private equity,” the biggest name in Democratic politics (outside of Obama) has lodged his own torpedo.
Bill Clinton, in an appearance on CNN last night, said that Mitt Romney has a “sterling business career” and that the campaign shouldn’t be about what kind of work Romney did.
“I don’t think we ought to get into the position where we say this is bad work; this is good work,” Clinton said, adding: “There’s no question that, in terms of getting up, going to the office, and basically performing the essential functions of the office, a man who’s been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.”
Mitt Romney’s campaign is already up with a response to an attack from President Obama’s campaign on Romney’s time at Bain Capital.
While the two-minute Obama ad, released this morning, focused on Bain Capital’s acquisition and handling off GS Technologies steel mill, the Romney campaign’s new ad, titled “American Dream,” focuses on another steel company Bain guided — Steel Dynamics.
“Steel Dynamics started with an empty field and a big dream,” the ad begins, before one employee labels the company “a perfect entrepreneurial story.”