May 22nd, 2012
05:17 PM ET
By CNN White House Correspondents Dan Lothian and Brianna Keilar
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Obama campaign is targeting Mitt Romney’s record not just in private business but now his public sector job as well—part of an effort to undermine his credibility.
“As governor he slashed funding for education, worker training and manufacturing and vetoed legislation that would have prevented outsourcing,” said campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt.
Senior administration officials suggested Romney’s tenure as governor had been virtually ignored by the candidate himself and pointing that out to Americans was a relevant argument.
They’re driving that theme hard in defense of attacks on their opponent’s role at private equity firm Bain Capital.
“He’s not running that I can tell on his record…in Massachusetts,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney Tuesday.
Team Obama is also dissecting Romney’s public record concluding that his actions as governor hurt middle class families.
“During his tenure [as Governor] job creation in Massachusetts slipped from 36th out of 50 to 47th, LaBolt said. “Manufacturing jobs declined by twice the national average.”
Much of the campaign back and forth has recently focused on Bain Capital. Things escalated over the weekend on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, when top Obama surrogate Newark Mayor Cory Booker castigated the campaign tactics of
both parties and singled out Democrats for unfairly targeting private equity. He later revised his comments to fall more in line with the Obama message, but the damage was done.
The Romney campaign is hitting the president with a new campaign ad that uses Mayor Booker’s own words.
Officials with the Obama re-election campaign say they’ll keep making the argument that Romney made his millions in the private sector by outsourcing jobs, bankrupting companies and laying off workers, and that he was no better as an elected official in Massachusetts.