Thursday, January 24, 2008

Huckabee criticizes Romney's business past before Fla. debate

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee criticized rival Mitt Romney's past as a venture capitalist Thursday, saying some workers lost their jobs as a result.

In 1983, Romney founded Bain Capital, a firm that developed a reputation for turning around ailing companies and earned him millions of dollars. Asked about Romney's experience, Huckabee said the former Massachusetts governor's success came at the expense of workers.

"If that's the turnaround, a lot of Americans would not want to see their lives turned around like that," the former Arkansas governor told reporters before running with a group of supporters about four miles along sun-drenched Fort Lauderdale beach.....


Huckabee's criticism comes as Romney has emphasized his business experience on the campaign trail and tried to paint himself as the candidate who can fix Washington and repair the U.S. economy.

"There are a lot of people who are losing their jobs. They want to know what are we going to do to bring jobs to America, not what are we going to do to bring huge amounts of capital to a few and a huge job loss to a whole lot of Americans," Huckabee told reporters after completing his run......

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