With the media and others continuing to probe Mitt Romney’s time at a major private-equity firm, President Obama went on national television to make a political argument questioning Romney’s tenure as the boss of Bain Capital as the presumptive GOP nominee’s “main calling card” to replace Obama in the White House.
The president and First Lady Michelle Obama sat for an interview broadcast Friday by CBS on the network’s morning news program. His remarks signal what is likely to be a main narrative that Obama employs between now and Election Day as he seeks a second term in the midst of a struggling economy.
Obama made clear that he doesn’t believe Romney’s career at Bain “at all disqualifies him” to be president.
However, Obama questioned Romney’s premise of using that career as his main argument to defeat him in November.
“… But I also think it’s important that if that’s main calling card–if his basic premise is–I’m ‘Mr. Fix-It’ on the economy because I made a lot of money” and invested in businesses, that it is “entirely appropriate to look at that record and see whether, in fact, his focus was creating jobs.”
As the head of financial firm like Bain, Romney’s responsibility was “to make money, it’s not to create jobs. It’s not even to create a successful business. It’s to make sure that you’re maximizing returns for your investor. Now, that’s appropriate. That’s part of the American way; that’s part of the system,” Obama says.
“But that doesn’t necessarily make you qualified to think about the economy as a whole. Because as president, my job is to think about the workers, my job is to think about communities where jobs have been outsourced,” Obama adds. “It is not that he is disqualified because of what he’s done. It’s that if that’s your main claim [to be president] — because he doesn’t talk about the fact that he was governor of Massachusetts very much … then I want us to make sure we know what your theory is to grow the economy. I think that’s a question that most Americans want to know, as well.”
WATCH A VIDEO CLIP OF THE INTERVIEW HERE: