Bain Capital Articles

Another Hatchet Job from the New York Times

8:15 AM, Oct 11, 2012

Never underestimate the ingenuity of the New York Times when it comes to creating – not finding, creating – misfeasance by Mitt Romney. In a front-page, above-the-fold story on Wednesday, under the headline, “Romney’s Trade Message and Bain’s China Ties,” Sharon LaFraniere and Mike McIntire ran into a problem.

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Obama's Big Government Approach; Romney's Helpful Experience

12:04 PM, Oct 04, 2012

Permit me to add two points to the comments on the first presidential debate.

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Dem. Keynote Speaker a Beneficiary of Bain Capital, Refuses to Release Tax Returns

5:18 PM, Sep 04, 2012

Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who is giving a keynote address tonight at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, is a beneficiary of Bain Capital, the private equity firm Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney helped create.

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Despite Criticisms, Obama's Investments Share Similarities with Romney's

1:15 PM, Aug 25, 2012

President Obama used his most recent interview with the Associated Press, released today, once again to hit Mitt Romney for investing overseas. "[T]he small bits of disclosure that he has put forward indicate investments in the Bahamas, or Swiss bank accounts," Obama said of Romney.

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Star of Obama Super PAC Ad Won't Comment on Ad's Premise

9:00 AM, Aug 08, 2012

Joe Soptic is the star of the controversial Obama super PAC ad that suggests Mitt Romney's actions at Bain Capital are responsible for his wife's death in 2006.

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Star of Pro-Obama Super PAC Ad Unleashed: 'Obama Is a Jerk, a Pantywaist, a Lightweight, a Blowhard'

2:21 PM, Jul 17, 2012

The star of a pro-Obama super PAC ad is speaking out against ... President Barack Obama.

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Paul Ryan: 'A Big Choice About Two Futures'

6:22 AM, Jul 16, 2012

Mitt Romney's campaign sent out House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan's appearance on CBS's Face the Nation. On the TV show, Ryan said this election is "really going to be a big choice about two futures."

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Morning Jay: Bain Capital and Media Bias

5:00 AM, Jul 16, 2012

Most journalists will swear that, despite the fact they vote Democratic, they treat both sides fairly. Indeed, it is a rare event to read a news article that directly attacks the Republican party or one that praises the Democratic party.

But that does not mean media bias does not exist. It does – its exercise is just subtler than this. And the last two weeks have been a great example of how it operates.

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Romney to Obama: 'He Really Needs to Rein in His Team'

5:37 PM, Jul 13, 2012

Mitt Romney responded to attacks from President Obama's camp by saying that the president "really needs to rein in his team and finally take responsibility for what they’re saying."

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Obama: 'Harry Truman Said the Buck Stops with You'

4:44 PM, Jul 13, 2012

In a local interview with WJLA, President Obama urges Mitt Romney to say that he was running Bain Capital after 1999, though Romney insists he did not actively manage the company at that time. "Well, here's what I know, we were just talking about responsibility and as president of the United States, it's pretty clear to me that I'm responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you," Obama said.

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New Romney Ad Calls Obama Liar, Dishonest

6:14 AM, Jul 12, 2012

A new television advertisement from the campaign of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacks President Barack Obama's campaign for spreading lies and dishonest attacks. Watch the ad, titled "No Evidence," here: 

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The Bain of China

8:21 AM, May 23, 2012

President Obama, envious of China’s economic model, proclaimed his admiration for the high-speed railways, bridges, skyscrapers, and solar panels that China is building.  (“That used to be us,” he famously said – a line apparently so powerful it became the title of a book.) But even the Chinese know that Obama’s envy is misplaced.

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Morning Jay: The 'Bain' of Romney, or Obama?

5:00 AM, May 23, 2012

There is dissension in the Democratic ranks on President Obama’s reelection strategy. His campaign team has decided to focus on Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital – which ended over a decade ago – as an illustration of what a Romney presidency might look like. Loose-lipped Democrats like Harold Ford Jr., Ed Rendell, and even rising stars like Deval Patrick and Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, have publicly said they’re uncomfortable with this approach. And this echoes the sentiments of some off-the-record Democrats.

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The Rich Really Are Different

12:00 AM, Jan 24, 2012

During one of his lesser moments in South Carolina, Mitt Romney insisted he would never apologize for his success, “success” being his preferred euphemism for titanic wealth. Surely, he’s right. He should no more apologize for being wealthy than we should want him to do so. To a greater degree than most of the world, America does not demonize its millionaires—we celebrate them. And this attitude is part of what makes us exceptional.

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Romney, Bain, and Vanity Fair

3:01 PM, Jan 20, 2012

A couple weeks ago Vanity Fair published an excerpt from Michael Kranish and Scott Helman’s book The Real Romney. It was not entirely unfriendly to Mitt Romney, but neither was it entirely fair. For example, the authors tip their hand as to their own views and agendas in the following passage:

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Romney, Bain Capital, and the 2012 Election

12:00 AM, Jan 14, 2012

Politics makes for strange posturings. It seems that several of the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination—some eagerly, others somewhere between reluctantly and warily—have decided that it is evil to take over failing companies and attempt to restructure them so that they can grow and create jobs.

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Romney Ad: GOP Rivals Taking 'Obama Line'

11:42 AM, Jan 13, 2012

Mitt Romney has released a new television ad for South Carolina markets.

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Gingrich: 'So-Called Conservatives' Are Attacking Me Because I Want an Accounting of Wall Street Bailouts

2:58 PM, Jan 12, 2012

Columbia, S.C.
Over the past few days, Newt Gingrich and his super PAC have been attacking Mitt Romney as a "corporate raider" for his work at Bain Capital, and Gingrich has faced considerable pushback from many on the right. While campaigning at the Palmetto Senior Show on the Columbia fairgrounds today, Gingrich pivoted from the Bain attacks and said the reason some "so-called conservatives" are going after him is because he wants to know how the Wall Street bailout money was spent.

Here are Gingrich's remarks at the Palmetto Senior Show:

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Romney Needs a Bold Plan

10:13 AM, Jan 12, 2012

Fred Barnes, writing in the Wall Street Journal:


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Nikki Haley Goes to Bat for Romney on Bain

11:15 PM, Jan 11, 2012

West Columbia, S.C.
At a rally with Mitt Romney Wednesday evening, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley hit back at Romney's GOP rivals for attacking the frontrunner's work at Bain Capital. "I am proud of all our Republican candidates," Haley said. "But we have a real problem when we have Republicans talking like dang Democrats against the free market."

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Special Editorial: From Bain to Main

1:50 PM, Jan 10, 2012

There’s a lot of silliness on all sides of the Bain Capital debate.

On the one hand, Newt Gingrich’s attacks (and the follow-on assaults by Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry) on Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital have been unfair, over the top, and, for that matter, all over the place. Gingrich, Perry, and Huntsman deserve much of the criticism they’ve received from conservative commentators.

On the other, Mitt Romney’s claim throughout his campaign that his private sector experience almost uniquely qualifies him to be president is also silly. Does he really think that having done well in private equity, venture capital, and business consulting—or even in the private sector more broadly—is a self-evident qualification for public office? One assumes Mitt Romney would agree that Chris Christie is a better chief executive of New Jersey than Jon Corzine, and that Rudy Giuliani was a better mayor of New York than Mike Bloomberg. But Romney’s biography looks a lot more like Bloomberg's or Corzine's (leaving aside Corzine's recent misadventures) than like that of Giuliani (pre-mayoralty) or Christie. Past business success does not guarantee performance in public office. Indeed, Romney sometimes seems to go so far as to suggest that succeeding in the private sector is intrinsically more admirable than, e.g., serving as a teacher or a soldier or even in Congress. This is not a sensible proposition, or a defensible one.

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How Many Cheers for Bain?

10:55 AM, Jan 10, 2012

There’s a line of thinking you often hear from Republican-types about how markets are never wrong. You think a certain CEO’s lavish compensation is ridiculous? Nonsense, those types tell you. You think that a CEO’s VORP—that’s a baseball stat that translates, in this case, to the CEO’s marginal value versus the average replacement CEO—couldn’t possibly be so high? They simply counter that he’s worth the money because there’s someone willing to pay it. The results in a market triumph considerations of value.

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Super PAC Runs Anti-Romney Ad

11:24 AM, Jan 09, 2012

USA Today reports that "A 'super PAC' backing Newt Gingrich will try to portray Mitt Romney as a greedy corporate raider with $3.4 million in radio and TV ads running in South Carolina starting Wednesday. The huge ad campaign by Winning Our Future plays off a movie, King of Bain: When Mitt Romney Came to Town."

Here's the trailer for King of Bain:


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Romney Steady in Iowa Debate

7:55 AM, Dec 16, 2011

Mitt Romney had a strong performance Thursday night in the final debate before the January 3 Iowa caucuses. From Medicare reform to foreign policy to the economy, Romney provided mostly succinct answers within the mainstream of Republican ideas. And because he did not spend much time engaging his opponents, he also avoided missteps like his infamous “$10,000 bet” with Rick Perry at last week’s debate. 

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The Bain of My Existence

Victorino Matus does nothing.
Oct 10, 2011