DES MOINES--Democrats continue to count on Mitt Romney as the eventual nominee--if he wins Iowa Tuesday or comes in behind weaker rivals Ron Paul and Rick Santorum and New Hampshire on Jan. 10 it will be tough for any of his six rivals to deny him an early clinch.
Team Obama is here playing hard one story--that Romney is not a job creator. With jobs a central issue to the 2012 election--and with President Barack Obama having to deal with a high jobless rate during his tenure--beating back Romney's boasts on the campaign trail he can create jobs is a priority at this time for Democrats.
That's why the Team Obama is shining a spotlight on Romney's tenure at Bain Capital and the companies it bought, operated, sold and closed. This week in Iowa, the face on the story in one Randy Johnson--brought into Iowa by the Democratic National Committee and the Steelworkers.
Johnson lost his job at an American Pad and Paper plant in Indiana; Bain purchased it in 1992 and closed it during a strike, laying off, according to the DNC some 250 workers. Bain still made $100 million.
Johnson has been chasing Romney in Iowa. The DNC has him Monday night at a press conference after Romney wraps up his Iowa campaign tonight at a rally in Clive, Iowa to talk about Romney's "job killing record." The DNCers also got him booked on MSNBC and CNN.
UPDATE FROM THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN
"President Obama and his liberal cronies know that if they have to face Mitt Romney in the general election, they are going to lose. President Obama is the greatest job-killing president in modern history and he is desperate to distract from his abysmal economic record with dishonest, negative attacks."