Romney Business Background
At least he has a business backgroud
Jon Huntsman may claim that being the CEO of his family trust is a business. Well, it is of sort, but not what I have in mind as qualification for president.
Mitt Romney was a turnaround and takeover specialist at Bain Capital. That business rescues poorly managed or misguided businesses and make them profitable. That is a very good skill from which experience is highly transferable to government enterprise.
Critics, mostly politicians, know nothing about what they are saying and are mostly undermining the experience that they sorely lack.
Romney has something that President Obama lacks too – private enterprise CEO experience and international experience from having managed the Winter Olympics. That should be a significant differentiator.
With mismanagement by the Republican Party of this competitive advantage, after Obama shellacs Republicans in 2012, Obama might as Mitt to become the Director of the Department of Commerce.
“Romney comes under attack as New Hampshire primary looms
By Philip Rucker, Published: January 9
HUDSON, N.H. — An assault on Mitt Romney’s business career intensified Monday after the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination made an off-the-cuff comment that his opponents say shows he was a corporate predator who sought profits at the expense of workers.
At a breakfast of business leaders in Nashua, N.H., Romney said, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” The former Massachusetts governor was referring to health insurers that don’t provide adequate care, but on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, his opponents nevertheless feasted upon the apparently unscripted remark by a habitually cautious candidate.
“Governor Romney enjoys firing people; I enjoy creating jobs,” former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who polls suggest isenjoying a late surge here, told reporters in Concord. “It may be that he’s slightly out of touch with the economic reality playing out in America right now, and that’s a dangerous place to be.”
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) went further, criticizing the type of business Romney engaged in. “Look, I’m for capitalism,” Gingrich said on NBC’s “Today” show. “But if somebody comes in, takes all the money out of your company and then leaves you bankrupt while they go off with millions, that’s not traditional capitalism.”
Instead of sprinting to the finish before Tuesday’s primary, which he is heavily favored to win, Romney spent his final day on the New Hampshire campaign trail explaining and defending his role as co-founder and chief executive of Bain Capital. The venture capital firm invested in start-ups such as Staples, an office supplies superstore, but also oversaw large-scale job losses through leveraged buyouts and restructuring.
“Free enterprise will be on trial,” Romney told reporters in Hudson. “I thought it was going to came from the president, from the Democrats on the left, but instead it’s coming from Speaker Gingrich and apparently others. And that’s just part of the process. I’m not worried about that. I’ve got broad shoulders.”
Romney came under siege in a debate Sunday over his work at Bain, and his comment Monday seemed to give his opponents an opening to try to turn his greatest asset — that he would be uniquely skilled at creating jobs and turning around the nation’s economy — into a liability. It also provided evidence for those trying to cast Romney as out of touch with the struggles of working Americans.
The attacks over Romney’s business background come as surveys showed his healthy lead in New Hampshire slipping. A Suffolk University-7 News tracking poll Monday showed him falling to 33 percent, from 43 percent last week, with four other candidates — Huntsman, Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) and former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) — in a volatile race for second.
The battle over Bain is certain to intensify as the race moves to South Carolina, where independent groups that support Romney and Gingrich are planning multimillion-dollar TV ad blitzes.
It’s a fight that Gingrich, in particular, is eager to have.”