Alarm Over Mitt Romney.
Thompson’s easy: It was clear on January 19 when Hunter withdrew that Fred’s South Carolina showing was the end of the line.
McCain? The differences on immigration were probably too great, and McCain-Feingold didn’t help.
But it’s the reason that Mitt Romney didn’t get Duncan Hunter’s endorsement that deserves greater scrutiny (actually, it would be nice if it got ANY scrutiny).
Late last year, Hunter raised serious alarm over a business deal Mitt Romney’s “former” company, Bain Capital, wants to do that, if approved, has the potential to seriously compromise national security.
“Former” is in quotes in the previous paragraph because, though he likes to feign dissociation, Mitt Romney is still invested in many of Bain’s various entities. The New York Times reported it. When it was on his web site (attempts to locate it today were unsuccessful), the Romney campaign’s extract of the Times’s article conveniently snipped that fact. Though his time at Bain is in Romney’s bio, it doesn’t tell readers that he’s still an investor. Romney’s Personal Financial Disclosure form (PDF is accessible at link), while flawed in several ways, nevertheless confirms that his and his family’s Bain investments involve huge amounts of money.
San Diego, CA – – – Presidential candidate and current Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Duncan Hunter, today called on former Governor Mitt Romney to send a “clear statement” to the leadership of the company he founded, Bain Capital, to terminate a proposed business deal with a controversial Chinese corporation seeking to acquire U.S. defense contractor 3COM. Bain Capital is attempting to form a business arrangement with Huawei Corporation, a Chinese corporation founded by an officer of the Peoples Liberation Army of Communist China, which faces allegations of assisting Saddam Hussein in the targeting of U.S. aircraft and in helping the Taliban develop surveillance equipment.
“I am extremely concerned that Governor Romney’s company would tout a highly suspect Chinese corporation as a strategic partner,” stated Hunter. “Forming a business partnership with a corporation known to have direct ties with terrorists and dictators while, at the same time, openly seeking to acquire a major U.S. corporation that performs vital cyber security work for the Department of Defense, can only be characterized as irresponsible.”
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