Obama campaign attempting to walk back claims that Romney is either a liar or a felon

The ‘He said, She said,’ over whether GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was actively involved in private equity firm Bain Capital longer than he claims dominated Sunday’s national news coverage, with high profile allies of both President Barack Obama and Romney going on television to explain why the other side was lying.

The latest spat over Romney’s time at Bain Capital began after a The Boston Globe released an article affirming that Romney was listed as the sole owner and CEO of Bain Capital through 2002, contradicting his claims that he was not involved with Bain Capital after 1999.

However, reliable fact-checkers have said that Romney’s claims are accurate. Sources with knowledge of the situation at Bain – including Democrats – have said on the record for years that Romney was not involved in the day-to-day operations of the company after he left in 1999 to run the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The Globe article led Obama 2012 deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter to say that Romney was either lying to the American people over how long he was employed at Bain or he had committed a felony by lying to the SEC.

Friday night, Mitt Romney made rare television appearances across every major network to call on the President to apologize for his campaign’s egregious behavior.

“That’s ridiculous and disturbing coming from their campaign and beneath the dignity of the president and his campaign,” Romney told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.

“Is this the level that the Obama campaign is willing to stoop to?” Romney asked CNN’s Jim Acosta.

In an interview with CBS’ Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation Sunday morning Cutter tried to walk back her statement that Romney was a liar or a criminal, claiming that what she really said was that he needed to take responsibility for the outsourcing of jobs that occurred at Bain while Romney was still technically CEO.

“He’s not going to get an apology,” Cutter angrily told Schieffer. “Just a few months ago in the primary Mitt Romney said to his opponents  – who were crushing him at the time – ‘stop whining,’ and that’s a good message for the Romney campaign.”

Former White House Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also came to Cutter’s defense. On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous Emanuel told the host that Cutter merely “cited the law.”

“Give it up about Stephanie, don’t worry about that. What are you going to do when the Chinese leader says something about you, or Putin says something,” said Emanuel, who is known for his blunt, and often terse, discourse. “I give him his own advice. Stop whining.”

But Romney spokesman Kevin Madden pointed out the fact that the Obama campaign is suggesting Romney is a criminal should be of concern to the American people.

“I think it is very troubling that the President would direct this campaign to label someone like Governor Romney – who is a very good and honorable man – as a felon,” Madden told Schieffer on Face the Nation.

Another Romney adviser, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, criticized the Obama 2012 campaign for trying to make Romney’s departure from Bain to manage the Olympics into something “sinister,” rather than acknowledging he was doing his patriotic duty.

“We now know this president will say or do anything to keep the highest office in the land even if it means demeaning the highest office in the land,” Gillespie told CNN’s Candy Crowley on State of the Union.

Gillespie explained that when Romney left Bain “the Olympics was in a shambles” and that the United States almost lost its host country status that year until Romney arrived and turned the Winter Games around.

“It was not a part-time job. It was a 16-hour a day job. Anyone who was involved will tell you that’s the case,” Gillespie said, pointing that common sense would show Romney couldn’t have possibly continued to manage the day to day aspects of Bain will running the Olympics.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Devo does not want Scalise to 'Whip It'
A founding member of the 1980s band Devo really does not want to see House Majority Whip Steve Scalise “Whip It Good.” Scalise has been using the bands hit song “Whip It” at events and his staff recently created a joint fundraising committee with Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) to raise money for a 1980s-themed birthday party […]
Jon Stewart rips Democrats for race-bait

“Oh, for f---s sake.”

Jon Stewart skewers VA wait times

In case you forgot, the VA is still terrible.

Stewart hits Cruz on privacy
Sen. Ted Cruz’s Monday presidential announcement made Christmas come early for Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show.” Stewart was positively gleeful as he prepared to mock everything from the kiss between Cruz and his wife to the fact that Liberty University students were forced to attend the campaign speech. But the liberal host did make […]
Jay Leno: College kids are too PC

Whether it's how ethanol subsidies are terrible or how college kids need to get over themselves, Jay Leno has been on point lately.

White House

White House promises not to use legal loophole to keep NSA spying alive if Patriot Act expires
If the Patriot Act expires, it will stop the National Security Agency’s bulk spying too. The Obama administration promised this week that it will not take advantage of a legal loophole to keep the NSA spying alive unless Congress re-authorizes the Patriot Act, Reuters reported. Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes the NSA to collect data on […]
In honor of National Puppy Day, here are the top 10 cutest presidential puppies

Today is National Puppy Day! To celebrate, we give you the top ten cutest puppies to grace the White House Lawn.

Obama: ‘By hook or by crook’ I’ll push my agenda through
This is probably not the smartest phrasing to use. President Obama had an interview with Huffington Post over the weekend and while much of the interview was his oft-repeated lines about how Republicans are the reason nothing is getting done in Washington, he added a new phrase about his legacy that is bound to raise […]
Obama tells Prince Charles that Americans like the royal family better than their own politicians

President Obama has admitted what we all already knew: Americans far prefer the Duchess of Cambridge to Michelle.

Obama suggested that voting should be mandatory. Now he’s being called ‘totalitarian.’

President Obama is taking some heat for suggesting this week that mandatory voting might not be such a bad idea.

Congress

Schock: Lincoln faced challenges too
Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock (R- Ill.) gave his farewell speech on the House floor Thursday, promising that it was “not the end of a story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter.” While his own trials are more of the “Downton Abbey” decor and Katy Perry concert variety, Schock likened this tough time to that […]
Boehner, Pelosi read mean tweets
Taking a cue from Jimmy Kimmel’s famous “Mean Tweets” series, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) got in on the fun and read some mean tweets about themselves in a video for the 2015 Radio & Television Correspondents Association […]
GOP blocks Warren's student loan plan
THE HILL — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked an effort by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to attach an amendment aimed at lowering student loan rates to the budget. Senators voted 46-53 against Warren’s amendment to the Republican budget resolution. Warren’s amendment would have allowed people with college loan debt to refinance at interest rates from […]
Rand really liked those 'Stand with Rand' trolls

During Ted Cruz's big announcement at Liberty University yesterday--which students were required to attend--some Rand Paul supporters decided to troll Cruz with some "Stand with Rand" shirts:

Pelosi: GOP will attack Hillary over anything
That’s right. Bring Hillary Clinton’s signature scrunchies into a serious discussion about transparency in public office. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did just that while defending her favorite potential presidential candidate Wednesday. Clinton has recently come under fire when it was discovered that she used only a personal email account run through a home server to conduct […]