Republicans are so busy jumping on the Gingrich bandwagon at the last minute that they aren’t taking time to notice what I pointed out earlier today: Apparently, Democrats are completely fine with having Newt as their opponent in the fall. It’s Mitt Romney they worry about, which is why they continue to engage in the rhetorical equivalent of carpet bombing of the former Massachusetts governor.
Take a moment to read these comments from former SC Gov. Jim Hodges at a press conference in Columbia this afternoon:
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Last night we heard closing arguments from the remaining Republican Presidential candidates before South Carolinians head to the polls.
Sadly, with less than 24 hours to go before voting begins South Carolinians remain left in the dark about Mitt Romney’s real record. Exactly when will we get to see his tax returns? He didn’t say. Exactly how many jobs were created during his time as CEO of Bain Capital? Again more of the same evasive answers we’ve all heard before.
Since Mitt Romney wouldn’t come clean with South Carolinians about his real record as a corporate buyout specialist or about exactly how he made his millions or how much he’s invested in overseas tax havens while paying a lower tax rate than middleclass Americans – I’ll set the record straight today.
Last night Mitt Romney again staked his entire candidacy on his “real world experience” as CEO of Bain Capital, this time claiming to have created 110,000 jobs. He again struggled to provide any proof to back up his claims.
That’s because the truth is Mitt Romney spent more time bankrupting companies, outsourcing jobs and laying off workers than creating jobs-all while making millions for himself and wealthy investors.
If South Carolinians want to know the truth about Romney’s “real world experience,” look no further than his time as Governor of Massachusetts. Ask yourself what the people of Massachusetts got for Mitt Romney’s service. Mitt Romney didn’t say it last night but I’ll say it here. During his time as governor Massachusetts was 47th out of 50th in job creation and manufacturing jobs were loss at twice the national rate.
He railed against government investments to help grow the economy and create jobs but didn’t mention that Bain Capital frequently received subsidies and tax breaks from state governments. Let’s take Staples, a supposed success from Romney’s time at Bain. In touting Staples, Romney never mentions that in 1996, Staples chose to move its distribution center to Maryland in exchange for a $4.2 million subsidy deal – the same type of subsidies Mitt Romney says he’s against.
He again dodged questions on when he would release his tax returns, again defying a standard practice that all previous presidential candidates have followed – including his own father when he ran for President in 1968. When asked if he would follow his father’s example and release multiple years’ returns, Mitt Romney couldn’t shoot straight with South Carolinians – only offering an awkward “maybe.”
What’s he hiding? Why does he feel South Carolinians can only know what’s in his tax returns after they have cast ballots? Here’s what we know without seeing Mitt Romney’s taxes and there is a lot South Carolinians have questions about.
We know that Mitt Romney has invested millions of dollars in offshore tax havens that have cost the federal government about $100 billion every year. We know that despite being a quarter-billionaire, he pays a lower tax rate than most middle class families.
What else will we find out when, and if, he finally releases his returns?
Mitt Romney has given voters plenty of reasons not to trust him while making plenty of far-right promises to the Tea Party. A political stunt that will weigh him down in the general election where we see already he has begun hemorrhaging support from moderate and independent voters.
It’s time for Mitt Romney to level with South Carolinians and finally get the message that he can’t play by a different set of rules when it comes to his record or his taxes.
Now think about this: If you were commenting on the day after Newt Gingrich stole the show at the Charleston debate, and your comments purported to be a reaction to the performance of “the remaining Republican Presidential candidates” in that debate, don’t you think you’d at least mention Gingrich in your remarks? You would. Unless you had reasons not to.
The reason, I believe, is that Democrats are completely unworried about Gingrich being the GOP nominee. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if they welcomed the prospect.