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.
“I feel that is the man that destroyed us,” says one woman in the preview.
Texas Governor Perry, who skipped New Hampshire and is already campaigning in South Carolina, has been piling on over Bain – and using local examples to bring his point home. At an event Monday morning in Anderson, S.C., Perry accused Romney of laying off hundreds of workers at a photo album company and a steel mill as Bain took in $85 million in management fees.
“There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business,” Perry said, according to Politico.
The Romney campaign has fired back against Perry and Mr. Gingrich, accusing them of running against free enterprise.