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Friday, July 13, 2012

Is Bain The Bane Of Romney’s Political Existence?

More questions are being asked about Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. (AP)

As President Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney continue to accuse each other of lying and distorting facts, we’re learning more about one of the key things they’re fighting about: when Mitt Romney left Bain Capital, the investment company he created, from which he made his millions.

Romney’s campaign says he retired from Bain in 1999, which lets him off the hook politically for job losses that occurred at Bain-controlled companies after 1999. But The Boston Globe reports there’s new evidence linking him to the company after that year.

Guest:

  • Callum Borchers, political correspondent for the Boston Globe

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  • Charles

    Listening to this, I was immediately struck by the general lack of importance in this story.  It seems that Here and Now is much more interested in a ten-year old story abut Bain Capital, than about Prof. Elizabeth Warren’s possibly-fabricated  personal racial heritage.

    Almost beyond any allegation, Mitt Romney defrauded no one with regard to his work and financial affairs while connected with Bain Capital.  All of those records (although not Romney’s personal tax returns, which would probably not be hlepful in this particular inquiry) have been opened to the public.

    Meanwhile Warren’s personnel file, which might well be dispositive on the issue of whether her supposed minority status played a role in her Harvard hiring, remains under wraps.

    Compare the Here and Now story on Warren (there was just one, and only for a minute or two, on May 14) to today’s Bain/Romney story.

    • Guest

      You sound hateful and ignorant. Obviously you know nothing of the Cherokees, the Trail of Tears or how the Federal Govt. “determined’ who was an Indian and who was not, regardless of facts or DNA.

  • Ra

    Mr. Romney wants it both ways, but the facts point out what he says and what he did while earning $300,000 at Bain  as the CEO from 1999 to 2001 while supposedly on leave  don’t mesh. All he has to do  is release his tax statements covering those years.   Thank you to the Globe reporters for dealing in depth with the whole Bain affair. 

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