A lot of political insiders in both parties think Bain Capital is pretty much a dead issue in the 2012 presidential campaign. After all, Mitt Romney has ably defended his work at the private equity firm that made him rich, and a number of top Democrats, ranging from Cory Booker to Ed Rendell to Bill Clinton himself, have defended Bain and companies like it. So there’s an emerging consensus that Bain is over as an issue.
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Except it’s not. Not only do President Obama’s strategists still believe Romney’s business record will be an effective issue, a new poll by a bipartisan firm suggests attacks on Romney’s past might play well in some key swing states this fall.
Purple Strategies is a political consulting firm that includes Republican strategist Alex Castellanos and Democratic strategist Steve McMahon. In its new Purple Poll, released Thursday, the company’s pollsters read two statements to voters in several swing states, each statement appropriating the language of one side in the Bain debate.
Read more at The Washington Examiner. By Byron York.