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

Romney Releases Ad Defending Bain Capital's Record

New 30-second spot says that candidate’s firm created “thousands of jobs.”

photo of Sarah B. Boxer
January 13, 2012

Striking back at criticism of Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, his GOP presidential campaign on Friday introduced a new ad featuring several deals that helped businesses grow and create “thousands of jobs.”

The 30-second spot, which is airing in South Carolina, cites office-supply chain Staples and sporting-goods retailer The Sports Authority–-along with a Steel Dynamics steel mill--as examples of businesses that prospered thanks to Bain’s investments.

“Mitt Romney helped create and ran a company that invested in struggling businesses, started new ones, and rebuilt old ones, creating thousands of jobs. Those are the facts,” a voice-over says, as footage is shown of Romney touring factories.

 

The ad concludes by taking a swing at Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and other presidential rivals who have argued that Bain Capital did nothing but gut companies and put people out of work. It says, “We expected the Obama administration to put free markets on trial, but as The Wall Street Journal said, ‘Mr. Romney’s GOP opponents are embarrassing themselves by taking the Obama line.’ ”

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