Dick Durbin: Mitt Romney Running From Bain 'Like A Scalded Cat'

07/15/2012 12:11 pm ET | Updated Jul 15, 2012
  • Elise Foley Immigration And Politics Reporter, Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday joined the chorus of Democrats attacking Mitt Romney for his tenure at Bain Capital, saying the candidate is trying to evade questions about his record there.

"Why is Mitt Romney running away from his company, Bain Capital, like a scalded cat?" he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Because there is abundant evidence that under Bain Capital, they were exporting American jobs to low-wage countries. and he doesn't want to be associated with it."

Romney has said he left Bain in 1999 when he went to work on the Olympics, but he in fact was listed as CEO, president and chairman on official documents up until 2002. Campaign adviser Ed Gillespie said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Romney "retired retroactively" from Bain after quitting day-to-day work there.

Durbin said the question of Romney's involvement could be resolved, in part, if his campaign released more information.

"Mitt Romney can clear the air this afternoon on this whole issue by making a more complete disclosure of economic information," he said.

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), also appearing on "Meet the Press," defended Romney, saying President Barack Obama's campaign was trying to distract from his economic record.

"The reason that businesses find that they have to find employees in other states or even sometimes in other countries to do their work is that this administration is making it so hard to do business in the United States and be competitive," he said.

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