Mitt Romney's campaign keeps shifting its response to attacks on his career at Bain Capital after President Obama's campaign seized on a Washington Post story calling the company a "pioneer" in lowering costs by moving jobs overseas. First the campaign argued the Post was conflating outsourcing and offshoring, then it tried to get a retraction from the Post, then it posted a 2-minute video defending Bain's role at one company it took over, then pulled the video down. In Romney's stump speech in Virginia Wednesday, Politico's Ginger Gibson reports, he used the somewhat populist-sounding phrase "fair shot."
The Bain defense video -- posted by Politico's Alexander Burns despite the campaign taking it down -- features former GST Steel vice president B.C. Huselton saying he can't sit by and listen to the attacks on Bain anymore. GST Steel was the Kansas City plant that closed in the early 1990s, and its former workers were featured in both Obama campaign and Super PAC ads. Huselton says:
"Did it all work out? No. Did we make a difference? I think we made a big difference. There’s this vampire story that Bain comes in and shows its teeth and sucks the blood out of the operation. It was really entirely the opposite of that. We went looking for a blood donor… Bain came in and the way I look at it, actually gave us a bit of a transfusion."