Yesterday, The Boston Globe reported that Romney was still running Bain Capital two years after he claims he left the firm, directly contradicting his campaign’s denial that he was involved in deals that led to layoffs, bankruptcies, and American jobs getting shipped overseas.
Either Romney filed false SEC statements or he’s making false statements to the American people now.
Stephanie Cutter, President Obama’s deputy campaign manager, told reporters Thursday that either Romney was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC “which is a felony, or he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments. And if that’s the case — if he was lying to American people — then that’s a real character and trust issue that the American people need to take very seriously.”
In response to Cutter’s remarks, Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades said in a statement, “President Obama’s campaign hit a new low today when one of its senior advisers made a reckless and unsubstantiated charge to reporters about Mitt Romney that was so over the top that it calls into question the integrity of their entire campaign. President Obama ought to apologize for the out-of-control behavior of his staff, which demeans the office he holds.”
The Obama campaign has released two video’s today about Mitt Romney’s apparent “misrepresentations.” Mitt must be really enjoying his Friday the 13th.
Cutter wrote in an email to supporters yesterday:
It’s a pattern of secrecy, and this is just the latest example of him trying to hide the truth from voters. There are a number of issues in play right now — and voters deserve answers:
- Mitt Romney refuses to release multiple years of taxes, ignoring decades of precedent.
- He won’t disclose his “bundlers,” the people raising millions for his campaign.
- He is the sole owner of a questionable shell corporation in Bermuda.
- Until recently, Romney kept cash in a Swiss bank account.
- According to the Globe, he hasn’t been honest about when he was running Bain Capital, even though legal documents refute his claims.
Everyone deserves the right to judge for themselves whether Romney’s motivations, experience, and perspective are what they want in a president. But Mitt Romney doesn’t want people to have the information they need to make those judgments.