You know what word I’d pick to describe Romney? Qualified. I’m not the only one to think so. For example, here’s Carly Fiorina:
Later in the program, the discussion panel returned to the question of whether Romney’s Bain Capital experience qualifies him for the presidency. Carly Fiorina, former Senate candidate and former CEO of Hewlett Packard, launched into a cutting critique of this debate: She argued, “[Obama] is a man who went to the American people and said, ‘I’m a community organizer, an untenured law professor, and a junior senator,’ and presented himself as qualified. Meanwhile, his campaign suggests that “Mitt Romney, governor of a major state, with 25 years in private sector, isn’t qualified? I don’t think it’s going to work.”
Oh, and this other dude also had some nice things to say about governor Romney’s qualifications:
Former President Bill Clinton, a stalwart backer of President Barack Obama who’s already helped the incumbent Democrat raise funds for his re-election bid, said Thursday that Mitt Romney had a “sterling business career” as chief executive of Bain Capital.
Clinton said there was no question Romney was capable of performing the “essential functions of the office.”
“The man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold,” Clinton said.
Unlike some fellow Democrats, Clinton acknowledged Romney’s time at Bain Capital formed a “good business career.” He also acknowledged that the nature of private equity meant some companies inevitably fail.
“There is a lot of controversy about that,” Clinton told guest host Harvey Weinstein. “But if you go in and you try to save a failing company, and you and I have friends here who invest in companies, you can invest in a company, run up the debt, loot it, sell all the assets, and force all the people to lose their retirement and fire them.”
The former president continued, “Or you can go into a company, have cutbacks, try to make it more productive with the purpose of saving it. And when you try, like anything else you try, you don’t always succeed.”