Saturday, June 2, 2012

MA Gov Patrick weighs in On Romney and "Bain"

MA Gov. Deval Patrick

After last week's buzz on Newark's mayor Cory Booker's comments about the president's "Bain Strategy", Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick weighed in on the subject. He says the political question isn't about Mitt Romney's business practices at Bain Capital. “Bain is a perfectly fine company. They have a role in the private economy, and I’ve got a lot of friends there,” said Patrick.  “I think the Bain strategy has been distorted in some of the public discussions.”

 The two term governor argued that the real question is what Romney accomplished politically in his tenure as a state governor.  Describing Governor Romney as "a gentleman",  Patrick described the transistion between the two administrations as "smooth". But, Patrick says, Americans may still be unsure if Romney’s ambition and successes in corporate America are enough to guarantee his ability to serve as president.

Not entirely full of praise for Romney, Patrick says Romney told voters in Massachusetts that he would bring jobs to the state, a promise he believes the GOP nominee was not able to fulfill.

“He sold to the people of Massachusetts when he was running for governor the same lines he’s trying to sell to the United States and it just didn’t happen that way,” Patrick said on Morning Joe. “He told us he would be about creating more jobs – we were 47th out of 50 [states] during his time in office… he left a structural deficit of over a billion.”

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