‘Doing fine’?

A curious choice of words from Mitt Romney Thursday night:

"Big business is doing fine in many places," he said at a fundraiser. "They get the loans they need, they can deal with all the regulation. They know how to find ways to get through the tax code, save money by putting various things in the places where there are low tax havens around the world for their businesses."

No, it's not the same as saying the entire "private sector is doing fine," as Obama did in June -- words Republicans have hammered on for months. Romney went on to argue that small businesses were struggling. It's also not the first time Romney has said some Americans don't need help. Way back in January, he said "the one percent is doing fine. I want to help the 99 percent."

But the reference to tax havens led reporters to mention in articles Romney's own use of offshore accounts. 

"Governor Romney has long said we need to simplify the tax code, close loopholes and create a more level playing field for American businesses," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told reporters.

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