Sarah Palin suggested Wednesday that Mitt Romney has brought his Bain problems on himself by not being transparent and offering no documentation for the claim that he created 100,000 net jobs and refusing to release his tax returns.
“Gov. Romney has claimed to have created a 100,000 jobs at Bain, and people are wanting to know, is there proof of that claim and was it U.S. jobs created for United States citizens? … And that’s fair,” Palin told Sean Hannity of Fox News when asked about Rick Perry’s “vulture” caplitalism charge against Romney. “That’s not negative campaigning — that’s fair to get a candidate to be held accountable to what’s being claimed.”
Palin added, “Nobody should be surprised that things about Bain Capital and maybe tax returns not being released yet and maybe some record not being as transparently provided to the public as voters deserve to see right now — don’t be surprised that that’s’ all coming out today.”
I can't argue with any of that: it's Mitt Romney who made his jobs record an issue. They would have been fair game even if he hadn't, but it's especially absurd for him to claim that his Bain bust-outs should be ignored in the name of protecting "free enterprise."
And wasn't it a nice bonus to see that Palin thinks Romney should release his tax returns? I wouldn't have expected that. But then again, I'd never have expected to agree with Newt Gingrich either ... and definitely not at the same time as Sarah Palin. Strange day, isn't it?