A leaked video of Mitt Romney at a fundraiser shows him discussing a visit to a Chinese factory where workers live 12 to a room to illustrate how fortunate Americans are to live in this country.
In the hidden video, posted on CQ-Roll Call’s Political Wire and The Washington Post website, Romney recalled during a fundraiser a visit he made to a Chinese factory when he was still the head of Bain Capital.
He said most of the workers at the factory, which Bain was considering buying, were young women. They lived in cramped dorm rooms, with as many as a dozen in each room, provided by the factory. When he and his colleagues asked why the factory was surrounded by a big fence and guard towers, Romney said they were told it was to keep people who wanted to work at the factory from trying to break into the facility.
Romney told those attending the fundraiser that the story illustrates how lucky Americans are to have been born in the United States. “Ninety-five percent of life is settled if you’re born in America,” he recalled his partner telling him after seeing the factory. “This is an amazing land. What we have is unique and fortunately we’re sharing it with the world.”
But Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein said that the story undercuts Romney’s criticism of President Obama’s comments about entrepreneurs. “The more straightforward interpretation of his story is that, if you were born in America, you didn't build that,” Klein wrote on Saturday.
Romney spent several weeks assailing Obama for being anti-business when he said during a Virginia event in July that successful businesses “didn’t build” that. The Obama campaign has said that Romney misinterpreted the remark and that the president was talking about the infrastructure and other contributions that government has provided to help U.S. businesses succeed.