White House disputes Solyndra-Bain Capital comparison

“The president believes, as he's made clear, that a president's responsibility is not just to those who win, but those who in -- for an example, in a company where there have been layoffs or a company that has gone bankrupt, that, you know, we have to make sure that those folks have the means to find other employment, that they have the ability to train for other kinds of work,” Carney said.

Republican efforts to use Solyndra’s collapse to inoculate Romney against attacks over Bain — which E2 flagged in January — resurfaced along several fronts Tuesday.

Romney’s campaign released a Web video that went after Solyndra and the financial headwinds that some other taxpayer-supported green energy companies have faced.

The Romney ad didn’t wade directly into the campaign’s criticism of Bain, but the question of who is the more capable economic steward is a subtext of the fight.

That subtext became overt with a separate ad released Tuesday by the Republican super-PAC American Crossroads, which is trying to flip the script on the Obama campaign's repeated attacks on Romney's private-equity past.

American Crossroads, the outside spending group affiliated with Karl Rove, released a video blasting the president for his "failed investment strategies" with public funds, including the now-bankrupt Solyndra.

"Obama's attacking private equity, but what's his record on public equity investing?" asks a narrator in the video.  

Republicans also sought to turn Carney’s somewhat halting response to their advantage.

The Republican National Committee sent around the clip of Carney’s remarks, alongside the claim that he became “tongue tied” when trying to explain the difference between the collapse of taxpayer-backed Solyndra and attacks on Romney’s private sector career.