IN PICTURES: New Hampshire Primary 2012
For President Obama, Romney’s rough patch may not be the biggest of blessings either. Team Obama had hoped to drop the Bain bomb on Romney after he had secured the nomination. But that may have been too much to hope for, given Bain is such a juicy target. Romney’s business experience, after all, is central to his pitch for the presidency. And with Romney’s primary opponents anxious to salvage their candidacies, attacking the front-runner is only natural.
Still, it pains some Republicans to see their candidates going after one of their own.
“I get what they’re trying to do, short term,” says Fergus Cullen, former chairman of the New Hampshire GOP, who is backing Mr. Huntsman. But “I am not happy hearing Republicans making the arguments that the Democrats will make in the general election.”
When the campaign moves on Wednesday to South Carolina, host of the next primary, the anti-Bain barrage will only get worse. Fueled by a $3.4 million budget, the pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future will release “When Mitt Romney Came to Town.” The 27-minute documentary focuses on four families devastated by the restructuring of businesses by Bain, where Romney was CEO.