January 10th, 2012
08:34 PM ET

Who Said It: Republicans Take a Page from DNC Playbook


“He's deliberately bankrupted companies, dismantled them, shipped jobs overseas, fired people for profit.” Can you guess who lodged that attack against Mitt Romney? Was it DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz or Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich?

Maybe this one’s easier. “We know of one case for sure where they put in $30 million, they took out $180 million, six times as much, and the company went broke. Now what was the judgment and the character?….I think that is a legitimate question to ask somebody who wants to be President of the United States.”

Hard to tell? The first is indeed from Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee. The DNC, which expects Mitt Romney to become the Republican nominee, is working overtime to define him as a job killing Wall Street downsizer.

The second is from free market Republican Newt Gingrich appearing on John King USA.

When Democrats make such an attack they’re often accused by the GOP of being anti-business. But now it looks like they’ll have ground cover from the GOP – because Gingrich isn’t alone.

Here’s Republican candidate Rick Perry on Bain Capital, the company Romney founded: “I would suggest they are just vultures. They are vultures that are sitting out there on the tree limb waiting for the company to get sick, then they swoop in, they eat the carcass, they leave with that and they leave the skeleton.”

Doesn’t that sound a bit like top Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod, on ABC’s This Week: “They closed down more than 1,000 plants, stores and offices. They outsourced tens of thousands of jobs, and they took 12 companies to bankruptcy. And on those bankruptcies, he and his partners made hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Gingrich also helpfully explained a distinction President Obama has been trying to make for months – that being critical of Wall Street isn’t the same as being a socialist: “Those of us who believe in free markets and those of us who believe that, in fact, the whole goal of investment is entrepreneurship and job creation, would find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.”

Mitt Romney says he can take the incoming fire, though he tweaked his fellow Republicans for adopting the Democrats’ line, saying, “I thought it was going to come from the President and the Democrats from the left, but instead it's coming from Speaker Gingrich and apparently others. You know, that's just part of the process. I'm not worried about that.”

Some Republicans tell CNN they think these broadsides from the other candidates are good preparation for a general election should Romney win the nomination. No doubt he’ll get worse from President Obama.

But Rush Limbaugh and the Club for Growth are calling on the other candidates to stop.

Top democrats admit that the GOP attacks are helping the DNC do its job which is to challenge Romney’s central case for the presidency – that he’s a jobs creator.

Topics: 2012 Election • DNC • Mitt Romney • The News

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. thebottom99pct

    The "fire people" story has stayed in the news cycle – his own Joe the Plumber moment. Ultimately it looks like it will hurt Romney not just because it can be used out-of-context by his rivals in both parties, but because it provides some insight into the real Mitt.

    As a friend just commented, "most of the time Mitt looks like he is reading from a script – kinda robotic – but that comment seemed natural – like we saw a brief flicker of the real Mitt."

    I think that sentiment may resonate subconsciously with a number of voters notwithstanding their party politics.

    In terms of what he literally meant to say, is his healthcare policy "repeal and replace" as he often says, or it is just some form of "rename and claim"?


    January 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      thebotto99pct: admit it sir, romney's hands are all dirty. No matter his playing "nice guy" . I can see more unemployed Americans if he access power. He will later turn against his own supporters. He looks like the Fidel Castro type.You are likely to regret your own words.

      January 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  2. scott

    Sounds to me like the writer of this article is a liberal Democrat.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Todd`

      So reporting attack tactics in the Republican primary that reflects poorly on the party automatically makes the writer a Democrat? Anything that questions the strength of a candidate is bad? That's exactly what the Nazi's did to the Germany and look what happened there, Goebbels. I think you drank the koolaid, but someone told you it was juice.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Is stereotyping us middle working Americans all you do? No ideas to help our economy and create jobs? tsk, tsk, tsk

      January 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  3. Toontje

    Wasn't Romney explicitly against Obama's bail out of the car manufacturers. So yes, I think it's hinting that Romney's morbid instinct is telling him that a good company is a dying company.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Yeah, I graduated in psychology and politics.It seems Romney or his wife (I read she made him run) have a sadistic-masochistic problem. To have this, would mean they were also neurastenic. OH boy, what bad choices the gop is making nowadays!

      January 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  4. eciam

    GOP Please, Keep hitting "Pretty Women Corporate Raider Romney"

    January 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Is Romney bi-sexual, or does he condemn homosexuals?

      January 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  5. OrangeW3dge

    Oh that's rich, Limbaugh asking the candidates to stop attacking each other. Of course that would help their cause. Then they can pick the latest Mussolini and bunch up behind him.... Limbaugh has no credibility, only an audience, to which he dictates propaganda based on ever-changing falsehoods. He is merely a provacateur.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Let Limbaugh fake his conciliatory act; anyway he deserves to see his party self-destroy. Do you know he said back in 1908 that he did not mind if the American economy collapsed, as long as the Presidency of Obama did too? What entire lack of patriotism can allow such ultraconservative "commentators"? Rush belongs in jail. But he is rich, so he a supporter of the KKK still spreads his hate 🙁 Let us sue his radio station 🙂

      January 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  6. ZORRO

    Poor mittens. . . go ahead and spend that money you stole from us, Obama will win. . . !

    January 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Right, Romney is fooling his supporters. They will learn too late.

      January 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  7. FiELD1stSGT

    You're an idiot.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf


      January 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  8. madmaninthemiddle

    This is right out of the Karl Rove playbook. Take your opponent's greatest strength and turn it into a weakness. It's going to get really nasty in South Carolina.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Justin

    Gingrich is as bad off as Romney, but wutever, he can do his part in hittin romney, he's scared of Ron Paul! Ron Paul 2012!

    January 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf



      January 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  10. Jeanette Coleman

    Just want to thank the Republicans for helping the Dems to get President Obama reelected!Keep up the good work guys.

    January 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Jeannette: I see your point, excellent thinking :)))))))

      January 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  11. focus

    I pray 4 a good president 2 get America back 2gether.

    January 10, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • Todd

      won't happen, both parties have promised their vocal bases to hate the other and never compromise. Well, the Democrats will compromiseo n some things, btu the Republicans will take and then tell them they're evil anyway.

      January 11, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Praying to fantasies is a waste of time. But like an itchy scar, scratching it spreads out the infection until blood comes out.

      January 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    Bain Capital, Bain consulting the whole essence of the organisation is corporate links with major international corporations. The whole objective was to make money. They did not care whether that was done by outsourcing Jobs outside the US, Rationalising or re-organising companies by cutting labour force and cost by whatever means and then selling its investment for a profit. At that point they did not care whether thier work saved the company for the longer term, they were also what was in the 1960 crudely described as asset strippers taking out the best assets and then letting the core original company file for chapter 11.
    The whole essence of Bain Capital IN PARTICULAR IS THE REAL SHARP END OF CAPITALISM. = it dont matter how you make a buck as long as you make it for your company and its investors.
    Bain capital is was and remains a corporate predator for Profit/ Greed?? the rest is irrelevant.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      oh, boy:( this ties our economy to failing foreign ones, right? If so, how does Romney going to create all the jobs he offered? Pure repuke crap for sure 🙁

      January 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  13. Dixie Independent voter

    No idiots here except you. Unless you're a member of the 1%, better think about voting Democratic instead of voting against yourself.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:59 am |
  14. Tyler Durden

    Hmmmm.... a self serving capitalist whose purpose is to profit from the misfortune of others gets into office and then... Halliburton? Bain? Richard? Dick Cheney? Is that you again? I thought we were finally rid of you!

    January 11, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Rigth, this Romney victory smells foul. It seems he will resume massive unemployment and cut billions of taxes, mainly for the elite 🙁

      January 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  15. Tyler Durden

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz is phenomenal. She might be the next Hilary.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • Graham Krueger

      When was the last time a party chair went on to elected office? The only two recent ones I can think of are Dole and Bush I... My money and hopes for the next Hillary are on Kirsten Gillibrand. She's rapidly becoming my favorite senator behind Sanders:)

      January 11, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  16. Trace

    Its amazing the number of "less informed" that believe the GOP/Tea Potty clown brigade has anything to offer middle class folks. It takes some real resentment of facts, and less than coherent reasoning to support this mess of GOP candidates. But these would be the days all the village idiots will be on full display

    January 11, 2012 at 3:04 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Trace, I agree it makes no sense but it is a sad fact.The republicans have dominated our system. So they fooled those hard working middle class by bribing them; but the top elite is now busy being negative and destructive; so they are abandoning their middle class workers by firing them after the top owners flee to Asia and continue firing their employees. So the dream of line workers and lower managers is fast disappearing. Worse, middle managers and advisors probably got fancy homes and other debts they can no longer pay. The running republican candidates blame President Obama; that is very unfair since walker bush set the pattern of letting top ceos flee to Asia, Europe and Latin America. The world trade Bill Clinton set to help poor countries and that President Obama has strived to become a good sales market for American small owners, was abused by walker bush to allow all kinds of market corruption and lowering of our health standards. 🙁 Frankly, I am shocked anyone would vote for republicans and tea party members.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:21 am |
  17. davis

    Mittromney is a fake imitation obama wanna be obama is going to destroy romneys career obama2012

    January 11, 2012 at 6:49 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      I agree with your idea, a very good one:) I learned on CNN news tonight that rommney family used to be Mexican; but the grandad or great-grand dad left Mexico when the Mexican Revolution started. What does that mean? Why escape into a form of exile? like the german nazis did when nazi germany was defeated? Easy, most likely romney's grand dad or grandfather supported or worked for the self mad tyrant king, who had been elected as a regular President in Mexico, but turned tyrant and declared he was King of Mexico. Any history of Mexico has his name and crazy tyranny.
      I think romney is that type of very vain, arrogant and ruthless politician.

      January 12, 2012 at 3:34 am |
  18. dugee

    The GOP seems to have become the party of misguided white outrage. According to their base, government has been taking their money and just handing it over to the great unwashed masses and worthless endeavors like education and the environment.OK folks, just hide in your gated communities and pretend the real world can just go away with prayer.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • Trace

      Great post....Intelligent, fact based, concise, with a bit of levity. You obviously are not a Republican. That party has cornered the market on hatred, incoherence, and insane ignorance. Our educational system has really failed this country for at least the 25% of Tea twits

      January 11, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Dugee: I am caucasian mixed with other races, including Jamaicans. I am proud of my descent. My sister is very dark, she even dated some guys whose ancestors were kidnapped from Africa. She and I are close and I find her very pretty. Look skin color is a false pretext. Many whites were sold as slaves in the Market of Venice (in the middle ages) So the argument to justify enslaving humans is totally false and used to repress natural civil rights. We whites are not better than anyone. Our best athletes are mostly descendants of Africans. So do not let the repukes convince you their lies are true! You deserve full equality. The repukes are totally wrong and ruthless.

      President Obama rescued us from total collapse that walker bush left us in, so we must re-elect him, for our own survival. See you at the polls 🙂 Cheers

      January 12, 2012 at 4:18 am |
  19. Bob Moore

    THE ONLY ARGUMENT FOR MITT: "anyone but Obama"

    WELL then expect a RUDE AWAKENING when he's on national tv exposed by the $1B DNC machine. He's a failed, 1-term Governor with 34% approval.

    "Mittstant Replay" youtube -or- mittvmittcom


    January 11, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Not at all, Rather our President Obama is ahead: 47 to 43, some other polls give Obama 58 approval rate 🙂 It is time to put your feet back on the ground, sir (if you ever came down from your fantasy heaven or your rolls-royce :).

      January 12, 2012 at 4:24 am |
  20. Daniel6

    If I ever uttered something previously ascribed to DWS-I'd wash my mouth out with soap--

    January 11, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • Trace

      So I guess you are saying the preference for you is to swallow all the Karl Rove backwash....That tastes better? You've got some serious problems there fella

      January 11, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  21. ritmocojo

    Craziness and outrage are never a winning combo.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  22. Tschrny Wolf

    it sounds like Romney's Bain company was like Chenney's enron corporation. MM...I think rommney will end up in jail.From KIng of the repuke road to King of the jail, hahahahahahahah 🙂

    January 12, 2012 at 4:36 am |