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Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

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This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.

Private companies are rarely a major issue in American presidential election campaigns. But some observers say that could change this year because of Bain Capital.

Bain Capital is an investment company with offices in Boston, Massachusetts. Mitt Romney, the likely Republican Party candidate for president, helped start the company. Profits from Bain Capital have made Mr. Romney very wealthy.

Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

Recently, President Obama has begun asking questions about Mr. Romney's involvement with the company. The two men are set to face each other in the November elections. Bain Capital is a private equity company. It uses money from wealthy individuals and financial organizations to buy other businesses. It then works to increase their profitability before selling them, often at a huge profit. Bain is one of America's leading venture capital companies. Its partners reportedly manage 65 businesses said to be worth about 60 billion dollars.

Mitt Romney helped to organize the company in 1984. Mr. Romney led Bain until he left in 1999. He says the businesses Bain bought and directed during his years with the company created about 100,000 jobs.

Mr. Romney has said that his time at Bain was more important to him than his years as governor of Massachusetts. He says both jobs gave him the experience and skills necessary to help the American economy. The former governor spoke at a recent campaign event. He said Mr. Obama has failed in his efforts to strengthen the economy.

ROMNEY: "He has spent more and borrowed more. The time has come for a president, a leader, who will lead. I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno."

He also said that, if elected, he will change the way Washington operates.

ROMNEY: "We need a president who understands the power of free enterprise because he's lived it. And I have, and I will, and I'll make sure that is part of our future."

Mr. Obama and his campaign have sharply different ideas about Mr. Romney's time at Bain Capital. They have advertisements that describe how some of Bain's investments failed. The ads say the company's decisions cost thousands of workers their jobs, while Bain earned big profits on its investments.

OBAMA: "I will say today, I think there are folks who do good work in that area and there are times where they identify the capacity for the economy to create new jobs or new industries. But understand that their priority is to maximize profits and that's not always going to be good for communities or businesses or workers."

Mr. Obama has dismissed Mr. Romney's claim that his years at Bain make him the right person to fix the economy. Several studies show that the economy will be the top issue in the election campaign. That means the president will have to spend a lot of time defending his record. Democratic Party activists know many voters are unhappy about the economy. The president's supporters will note some improvements in the economy as evidence that the country is moving in the right direction.

And that's IN THE NEWS, in VOA Special English. For transcripts, MP3s and now PDFs of our programs for e-readers, go to voaspecialenglish.com. I'm Steve Ember.

inferno: a place or condition suggestive of hell, especially with respect to human suffering or death 地狱

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