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  • July 13, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    In a controversial investment deal that led to a federal inquiry, Mitt Romney personally signed SEC documents reporting the sale of Bain Capital shares in 2000 and 2001 -- during the time when he was on leave of absence to run the Salt Lake Olympic Games.

    The Boston Globe reported in 2003, during the SEC investigation, that "Romney.

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  • July 12, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Today's front-page Globe story throws Mitt Romney's shadow years at Bain (as I called them last week) into the national media spotlight. That's a problem for the Romney campaign.

    The Globe story adds some additional evidence to what has been pretty evident for many years: when he left for Utah in 1999, Romney handed over day-to-day operational duties to other executives at Bain Capital but retained full ownership of the company in every legal, fiduciary, and ethical sense until finalizing a separation agreement in 2002.

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  • July 11, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Mitt Romney just gave a speech to the NAACP, carried live on all three cable news networks. The speech was fine, and unsurprisingly not well-received -- mostly what we usually term "polite applause."

    The clip you're going to see a lot of, however, is when the audience interrupts Romney with sustained boos, when he says he will repeal ObamaCare.

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  • July 02, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    When did Mitt Romney really leave Bain Capital -- in February 1999, as he and the company claim, or in 2002, when his separation agreement took effect?

    That question, asked by me and many others for years, is raised again in today's article by David Corn at Mother Jones. Corn, writing about a fetus-disposal firm Bain Capital invested in, argues that SEC documentation belies Romney's claims of having severed ties with Bain in early 1999.

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  • June 29, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Brian" asks:

    What were the military helicopters doing patrolling the Charles river yesterday?

    This is not 100% confirmed, but completely unreliable and possibly nonexistent sources tell me that there were rumors that Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign had been seen sinking to the bottom shortly after Chief Justice Roberts read his ACA opinion.

  • June 29, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Rob" asks:

    Mitt Romney apparently uses "Born Free" by Kid Rock as his campaign theme song. What song would you have picked for Romney?

    Hmmm... Bob Dylan "Sundown On The Union"?

    Add your own suggestions.

  • June 29, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Elias Nugator" asks:

    Romney VP Predictions? With justification if possible...

    I've been saying since roughly January that it'll be Ohio Senator Rob Portman -- partly because he's exactly the solid, safe, do-no-harm pick Romney wants, and partly because of what I pick up as a reporter about what the campaign thinks.

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  • June 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    This past weekend, Mitt Romney took time out from his bus tour to sit for an interview with the Harrisburg Patriot-News, which was kind enough to post the video. In one exhange -- captured in the part 4 video -- Vickers asked about the perception that Romney is not making Pennsylvania a high-priority state in the campaign.

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  • May 31, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Presidential circus rarely comes to Massachusetts, so it was a nice little distraction to see it do so today. The Obama campaign wants to get a little messaging out of criticizing Romney's gubernatorial record, so this morning they posted a video of Massachusetts elected officials bemoaning the Romney years, and then held a presser in front of the Massachusetts state house with David Axelrod of the national campaign.

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  • May 24, 2012
    By Carly Carioli

    It's true! You'd never know if from the campaign trail, but WILLARD MITT ROMNEY was actually governor of Massachusetts for a number of years, a position he obtained by making a series of arguments to voters -- Bain Capital, business leadership, etc -- that are annoyingly similar to the ones he's made as an unsuccessful candidate for president.

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  • May 11, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    So, what does the high school pranks and bullying story tell us about Mitt the man?

    One of the best concise summaries I've ever seen of Mitt Romney's character comes on page 3 of R.B. Scott's "Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics," which came out late last year. Scott opens his biography with the tale of Romney's 1981 arrest in Natick, a minor incident which he has tried hard to keep under wraps: attempting to take his family boating, Romney had gotten into a confrontation with a park ranger over the status of the boat registration; the ranger ended up warning Mitt that if he put the boat in the water he'd be fined $50 -- so Romney pulled out $50 cash, as if to cover the fine in advance.

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  • May 03, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Regarding the departure of a gay staffer from the Romney campaign, which I mentioned the other day, I have a question.

    It's not about the details of the Richard Grennel case, which remain somewhat murky but clear enough to make Romney look very bad. The way it's been reported holds that the campaign essentially benched Grennel to avoid stoking the controversy he was stoking among the intolerant conservative boors; Grennel quite reasonably balked at being put in the untenable position of spokesperson barred from speaking to the press, especially for that reason.

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  • May 01, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    A couple of weeks ago, when the Mitt Romney campaign hired Richard Grenell as foreign-policy spokesperson, I had two immediate thoughts: 1) man, Romney just keeps digging in deeper with the nutty John Bolton foreign-policy crowd; and 2) man, Romney really had to wait until the nomination was completely wrapped up before hiring an openly gay staffer, huh?

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  • April 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Earlier this week Red Sox season-ticket holder Mitt Romney gave a national network interview at Fenway Park. This led someone to bring to my attention that Romney, who was governor at the time, was there at Fenway Park for the historic championship-clinching Game 4 of the 2004 World Series. Or at least, he told an Air Force pilot he was:

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  • April 13, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Throughout the 2008 election cycle, I poked fun at Mitt Romney fundraising prowess among women who listed their occupation as "homemaker." (At least as early as mid-2006; see: "Housewives desperate for Mitt".)

    The one you might want to glance at, in light of the current overwrought flap, is from May 2007, in which I combed through Romney's massive $20 million-plus first-quarter fundraising haul.

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