This week the Obama campaign decided to take a new approach and attack Mitt Romney for his record as Governor of Massachusetts. It’s not going so well, seeing that the current governor, a Democrat, pointed out that unemployment was about 4% or so when Romney left office. You have to give them credit for gumption, though. Today we found out that another 383,000 Americans lost their jobs, and more have left the labor market. That’s some record President Obama’s got, and Mitt Romney isn’t afraid to point it out. Today he visited the bankrupt Solyndra plant, where hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars vanished.
Where Romney was speaking was another message from his campaign. Shortly after the Boston event, Romney launched a sneak attack of his own, holding a news conference at the headquarters of Solyndra, the bankrupt solar energy company that received $535 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration. According to reporters traveling with Romney, the campaign did not tell the press about the event until the bus was actually on its way to Solyndra.
“The reason for keeping it quiet is because we knew if word got out that Solyndra would do everything in their power and the Obama administration would do everything in their power to stop us from having this news conference,” a Romney aide told reporters, according to an ABC News account. “But taxpayers made a substantial investment in Solyndra, there are serious questions about what happened at Solyndra, why that investment was selected, what happened to that money.”
The bottom line is, Thursday marked a new escalation in the day-to-day fighting between the Obama and Romney campaigns. And Team Romney hopes it has sent a very clear message that it will punch, and counter-punch, as hard as is necessary.
Here’s video of Romney leaving the bankrupt solar plant.
“We’re at Solyndra. That was great fun. We had a great gathering, and looking at the Taj Mahal which is known as Solyndra. An enormous conflict of interest on the part of the President.”
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