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Mitt Romney Lies About Job Creation Record At Bain During ABC Debate

Romney came right out of the gate at this Saturday night's ABC Republican primary debate lying about his job creation record at Bain Capital. Here's part of the exchange via the LA Times -- Romney takes heat over Bain record: Asked to respond
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Romney came right out of the gate at this Saturday night's ABC Republican primary debate lying about his job creation record at Bain Capital.

Here's part of the exchange via the LA Times -- Romney takes heat over Bain record:

Asked to respond to an anti-Romney ad campaign that will be waged by a super PAC backing his candidacy, former House speaker Newt Gingrich shied away from directly endorsing the ads – which scrutinize Romney's record at Bain Capital – but delivered a pointed jab at the Bain business model.

“I'm not nearly enamored of a Wall Steet model where you can flip companies, you can go in and have leveraged buyouts, you can basically take out all the money, leaving behind workers,” Gingrich said.

Pressed to explain a comment he made last month that Romney earned his fortune by “bankrupting companies and laying off workers,” Gingrich punted, referring instead to a New York Times story that detailed the history of one company that was taken over by Bain.

“Well, I”m not surprised to have the New York Times try to put free enterprise under trial,” Romney said. “I'm not surprised to have the Obama adminsitration do that either. It's a little surprising from my colleagues on this stage.”

Romney again repeated his claim that Bain created 100,000 jobs under his leadership. His math has been questioned in recent news reports – like this one from the Washington Post, which says the 100,000 figure “obviously does not include job losses from other companies with which Bain Capital was involved — and are based on current employment figures, not the period when Romney worked at Bain.”Romney defended the figure: “I'm a good enough numbers guy to make sure I've got both sides of that.”

The Washington Post's Ezra Klein was following the debate on Twitter and noted that Romney's claim about the net-net on job losses is just not true and pointed to this article as well as the one linked from the LA Times above:

Why is Romney doing such a lousy job defending his record at Bain Capital?

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