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Post Show Thoughts: The fight to define Mitt Romney

 

Both campaigns traded jabs all week attempting to define Mitt Romney and the fighting continued on this morning's Meet the Press. Questions over Mitt Romney's tax returns as well as the date he left Bain Capital have provided fodder for the Obama campaign and the Democrats to paint Romney as hiding things from the American people. 

Senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie explained the candidates role at Bain Capital between 1999 and 2002 by saying, "He was still CEO and had shares, but he wasn't responsible for management."

Assistant Democratic Leader in the Senate, and close ally of President Obama, Dick Durbin (IL) went on the attack with charges that Mitt Romney oversaw the outsourcing of American jobs while he headed the private equity firm, Bain Capital.

"Why is Mitt Romney running away from his company, Bain Capital, like a scalded cat? Because there’s abundant evidence that under Bain Capital they were exporting American jobs to low-wage countries and he doesn't want to be associated with it."

Gillespie dismissed similar accusations from the Obama campaign earlier in the program. "It's patently false.  It's a lie.  And it's sad to see the Obama campaign reduced to these kinds of reckless, baseless charges."

Our roundtable broke down the fierce week in 2012. As Republican strategist Mike Murphy put it, "it's the Obama game plan, which is to use television money in the summer to just try to ruin Mitt Romney so there's no debate on economic performance."

On the Democratic side, strategist Hilary Rosen thinks Mitt Romney's record is enough to show he is not right for the country. "We have to look at his record.  But Mitt Romney doesn't want us to look at his job-creating record.  And that's exactly what's going on. So no wonder the American people are confused. "

You can watch our entire program on our website including a special conversation with NBC's own Bob Costas about the fallout from the Penn State child sex abuse scandal and what comes next for the University and it's football program.

Also, if you're looking for some good summer reading, check out these recommendations from today's roundtable and the MTP staff.

We'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.