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Wasserman Schultz: ‘Not at all’ rethinking Bain attacks on Romney

{mosads}Her response came despite recent push-back by Democrats over the line of attack, which has been criticized as an attack on capitalism. 

“Nothing wrong with success, but when you are basing the premise for your candidacy for president on how you ran your own business, how you treated employees, leaving them without jobs, leaving creditors without pay, and you walking away making a massive profit, that is something that the American people should take a look at and decide if that’s the individual they want in the White House,” she said.

Earlier in an interview on CNN’s “Starting Point,” Wasserman Schultz defended the Obama campaign’s attacks on Romney’s record at Bain Capital, echoing senior campaign strategists in explaining why the tactic is fair game.

“Mitt Romney in a way that he ran Bain Capital, the companies that he deliberately drove into bankruptcy, the creditors that he left with less than pennies on the dollar in return and the thousands and thousands of people who he left on the unemployment lines while making hundreds of millions of dollars in profits for himself and his partners is an appropriate examination for a man who is saying that this is the reason we should elect him president,” she told CNN. She argued that it is not a “strategy” by the campaign so much as necessary vetting.

She added that criticizing Obama for accepting donations from venture capitalists, and even from Bain Capital employees, is like “comparing apples and coconuts,” an analogy she repeated on C-SPAN.

“Who contributes to Barack Obama has little to do with that because those contributors are not running for president and saying that they should be elected based on their record,” she told CNN. 

On C-SPAN, she went on to defend Obama’s campaign as “powered by people” and charging that Romney’s campaign is funded by special interests.

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