Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to reporters tonight in New Hampshre in advance of this weekend’s Republican primary debate. According to Benjy Sarlin at Talking Points Memo, the Florida Congresswoman took sharp aim at presumed front-runner Mitt Romney, questioning not only his record but his putative position at the head of the GOP pack.
“I would not put the cart before the horse and define him as an unambiguous frontrunner,” said Wasserman Schultz to TPM, “He’s coming off what at some point probably wont even be defined as a win in Iowa where fewer voters came out for him than came out in 2008.”
The former Massachusetts’ governor’s supposed strong suit is his economic record, but that, too was the object of Rep. Wasserman’s scorn. She said, “Mitt Romney, I think, is more of a job cremator than a job creator. He was a corporate buyout specialist at Bain Capital. He dismantled companies. He cut jobs. He forced companies into bankruptcy and he outsourced jobs and sent jobs overseas. That’s not a record to write home about, that’s not a record to be proud of, and it’s something voters need to know.”
Democrats’ key strategy against Romney is pointing out that in his role at Bain Capital, his record of “success” might depend on what part of the company you were working for. Democratic operatives have been hosting events in Iowa and New Hampshire featuring Randy Johnson, who TPM calls, “a worker who was laid off from his job at American Pad and Paper under Bain Capital’s management in the 1990s.”
The Romney campaign claims that opponents are cherry-picking his record, magnifying its failures and minimizing successes like the Staples office chain. TPM points out that campaign officials have been unable to produce numbers to back up their claims of explosive job creation under Romney, whereas extant records indicate that Bain made money in dividends and consulting fees even on its ventures that failed.