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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

McDonnell Blasts Obama Campaign on Bain

Virginia governor says Democrats waging “campaign of division and misrepresentation.”

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is a top Mitt Romney surrogate.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

photo of Naureen Khan
July 13, 2012

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell on Friday accused President Obama’s reelection team of waging a “campaign of division and misrepresentation” in advance of Obama’s visit to the state.

McDonnell, who is hosting the National Governors Association meeting in Williamsburg, was specifically referring to recent attacks by the Obama campaign that Bain Capital outsourced jobs while Republican nominee Mitt Romney was at the firm’s helm.

McDonnell, a frequent Romney campaign surrogate who has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential nominee, said the argument was “dishonest” because Romney had left to head the Salt Lake City Olympics and that the Obama campaign ads should be pulled.


"To the degree that there is any truth to these sorts of outsourcing allegations, they happened after 1999 when he was not the managing director," McDonnell said. “It’s a reckless way of campaigning,”

McDonnell clarified at a later event that not all of Romney’s Bain record is off-limits, but that he believes latching on to that particular piece is unfair.

Asked about whether or not Romney should release a fuller version of his tax returns, as many Democrats have demanded, McDonnell answered: “It’s not Mitt Romney’s tax returns people are concerned about, it’s their own tax returns.”

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