Setting the Week in Politics

Monday, July 16, 2012

The 2012 campaign is focusing on Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital, including questions about when he left the firm, and whether he had a part in practices that led to the loss of American jobs. Maggie Haberman, senior political writer at Politico, sets the week in politics.

Comments [32]

TF from NYC

This discussion is a waste of time. We should be discussing what the candidates plan to do to help the country should they be elected. I am not sure who I want to vote for and this does not help me make a decision.

Regarding whether Romney was CEO from 1999-2002, it sounds simple to me. He legal was CEO but was not closely involved.

Even if he was closely involved, I do not think outsourcing is a big deal. Anyone who says outsourcing is bad should look at the label of their shirt and see where it is made. Your buying that shirt is supporting outsourcing of a job that at some point was in the U.S.

Jul. 16 2012 11:39 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Where are the “Saints” for political office?

Jul. 16 2012 10:39 AM
harry from nyc

@tim from Montclaire...

you are so wrong

he does not use any of those resources..

his kids go to private school, he flies in helicopter and planes, and he drinks bottled water...

so to your question he does not use the government resources at all...

Jul. 16 2012 10:30 AM
joe from nearby

@ caller "Mark"-
Who even cares about POTUS's school transcripts? The guy not only got into Harvard, but he EXCELLED there. He was the EDITOR of Harvard's Law Review. Do you people have any idea how much of an achievement that alone is?? That was then, this is now- the man has proved he can do this job.
The only one who is "smoking" are the numnuts who still think his schooling is an issue.....besides it being thinly veiled racism too. So dude, head back to your birther friends and stop embarrassing yourself any more.

Jul. 16 2012 10:27 AM

The guy is a totally empty suit running for a beauty contest, not for the presidency. He's forced me to have to either abstain or possibly even vote for Obama. Romney's best qualified for fraternity hazing administrator: "Yessir, can I have another?" :)

Jul. 16 2012 10:26 AM
Andrew from queens

Romney should put his taxes out, the Republicans will support him no matter what's in there...

Even if he is a tax evader that tries to steal from the country that made it possible for him to make millions of dollars. the Republican of today will not be derailed by the facts and the truth.... even if it means that he was stealing from them...

You got to love that devotion

Jul. 16 2012 10:26 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

"Truthyness issues that SOME of the swiftboat stuff had", Brian...ALL of the swift boat garbage was a lie..get the facts straight!

Jul. 16 2012 10:26 AM
Nancy cadet from Fort greene

Invite a reporter from TPM that broke parts of this story, or cite the excellent article in Bloomberg news online that explains the role of buy outs and "private equity" in the Bain operation. We don't need " horse race" talk from Politico when there are substantive points to explore. Listeners, check these sites online and you will be more informed . Producer on BL show, don't waste our time with this fluff!

Jul. 16 2012 10:25 AM

Clearly releasing his tax returns would reveal mitt romney as an agent of the PRC

Jul. 16 2012 10:25 AM
Tim from Montclair, NJ

Whether Romney was phyically involved or not his name was on a document. How can a person running for the highest office in the land have a history of knowingly signing for actions of without knowing what the organization is doing?
Yes, executives are busy. Aren't they all? They are executives.

On Taxes. How can a guy have any moral authority on taxes (so far nothing seems illegal) collecting or spending if he has spend the best part of his career avoiding paying taxes (through offshore accounts) the rest of us middle-class have to pay. Didn't his U.S. firms also have the benefit of government services (roads, education (of employees), etc.). May our government debt situation would be in a better place if people like Romney actually paid More in taxes in the best years of their career.

Jul. 16 2012 10:24 AM
Greta from Manhattan

I expect the media outlets to waste time discussing this garbage (on either side) but not WNYC - it was on every program for days already. I would think Brian would not feed into nonsense posited by political strategists and instead talk about real issues facing the country. Very sad. This had been ongoing here lately, not sure I need to send money in for this type of coverage when I can get the same garbage for free elsewhere.

Jul. 16 2012 10:23 AM
Amy from nyc

He pays a smaller percentage in taxes then your average relativley well off Joe making $70,000.

But hell, he's a better man then we are...

Jul. 16 2012 10:21 AM
BK from NJ

This is going to get really ugly. And Citizens United hasn't even been fully get yet.

That said, Romney can clear it up by revealing his tax returns. He is obviously hiding something. Romney is being arrogant I think this will just go away.

Jul. 16 2012 10:21 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Is there a real difference between 'It wasn't my decision. I had left to manage the Olympics." and "These outsourcing decisions were made in a company I owned but I didn't make them."

Not so much in my view. Nice demonstration of personal responsibility there, Mitt.

2008 Voters had plenty to be mad at the Bush Administration about. The Phantom Menace, Plame outing, Katrina, banking meltdown.

2012 - GOP voters have been convincing themselves that Obama is Satan reborn. He is not.

If Independents want to believe that Mitt is a better choice than Obama, so be it. But I'm placing my vote on the American voters giving the GOP a shake and telling ALL of our representatives GET TO WORK! GET SOMETHING DONE!

Jul. 16 2012 10:20 AM

And then there's Mr. Conard (former Bain partner) on MSNBC:

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Jul. 16 2012 10:20 AM
ruthie from brooklyn

The Conard interview on MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes yesterday suggested that Romney was in a 3-yr exit package negotiation with Bain between 1999 and 2002.

Jul. 16 2012 10:20 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Brian & Ms. Haberman are making too much of the "retired retroactively" comment. It's NOT that complicated nor that unusual.

To take a simple and not uncommon example, think of a woman who takes a maternity leave and then decides not to go back to work.


Jul. 16 2012 10:19 AM
joe from nearby

Can I retire retroactively? I too can get paid BOTH a salary AND a the same time?!
What a racket!

Check out the youtube called "You're So Bain"- hilarious!

Jul. 16 2012 10:19 AM from NJ

Tangentially, I think the word "felon" is tossed around too loosely these days to indicate that someone is a really a foul, dangerous person. I think the fact is that so many crimes that in the past were either not crimes or were classified as minor crimes have been pushed into the felon category. I hope you do a show on that topic sometime.

Jul. 16 2012 10:19 AM
Leo from Queens

Bush the younger, Bloomberg, Quinn and Kelly should have retired retroactively 4 years ago!.

"If I could turn back time!..."

Jul. 16 2012 10:18 AM
Jerry from Elmhurst

Romney gave McCain 23 years of tax returns to be vetted as a potential VP in 2008. After he did that, McCain chose Sarah Palin.
Obviously, he's hiding something very embarrasing.

Jul. 16 2012 10:17 AM
Peter in Brooklyn from Brooklyn

Please weave in some policy issue questions! What's Romney saying he will do re: finance, e.g., if elected?

Jul. 16 2012 10:16 AM

Definitely incomparable with the birth non-sense!!! Trying to make it sound like Obama is not American is not at all compared to saying that Romney was just sucking the money out of his Bayne deals and the USA system.

Jul. 16 2012 10:16 AM
Jonathan from NY

For once, I agree with George Will. There's something in his tax records that would make a reveal MUCH worse than the consequences of hiding them. It could be ridiculously convoluted tax strategies, but it ocurred to me that it might show just how much he is bankrolling the LDS church, which would severly upset his base. What if the total number approaches something like a quarter billion dollars?

Jul. 16 2012 10:16 AM
James from nyc

Why doesn't Romney release his tax returns?

Jul. 16 2012 10:14 AM
carolita from NYC

Hey, I didn't care before, but I care now, the longer he tries not to show them. Know what I mean? And yeah, it does matter when he left, because a later date would bely the image he's trying to project as not someone who exported jobs and laid off Americans.

Jul. 16 2012 10:14 AM
Simon from Gramercy

I am concerned about this story, which is why it is twice as important to get it right. I am disappointed in some dems who are making all sorts of innuendo. Please get this right.

Jul. 16 2012 10:13 AM
Karen from NYC

Yes, we care, because t shows that he is willing to manipulate the law to get what he wants, regardless of the public interest.

Jul. 16 2012 10:13 AM
Andrew from Manhattan

Of course it matters! He lied. He bullied. He hid money.

My concern is that he's hiding more. What else isn't he telling us?

Jul. 16 2012 10:12 AM

Killing of civilians with drones, wars, no one on Wall St prosecuted, Gun running, torture, covert military actions, killing American citizens w/o due process, erosion of civil rights, tsa intrusions, illegal wire taps, spying on Americans, bailouts of the rich, police state....and we care about a rich guy having money....Ron Paul 2012

Jul. 16 2012 10:11 AM
john from office

I cannot wait till this election is over.

Jul. 16 2012 10:11 AM
Karen from Nyc

Could thempuose of keeping Romney on as CEO have been to mislead investors into believing mthat he was still running the company, to avoid their pulling out eir money or refusing to invest in new Bain projects?

Jul. 16 2012 10:10 AM

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