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DES MOINES--The Obama team is setting up a war room operation here to run through the Tuesday night caucus and the day after in order to mainly hit Mitt Romney, the GOP contender who would be most troublesome to President Barack Obama winning a second term.

On Sunday, Democrats will showcase at an afternoon press conference a man who was laid off after Romney's Bain Capital bought the plant where he had been employed in order to show, the Democratic National Committee says, "Romney's decades-long record of putting profits before people.

From the DNC: "Randy Johnson worked at an American Pad and Paper (AMPAD) plant in Indiana that was bought by Bain Capital in 1992. After Bain took over they laid off workers, cut wages, slashed health care benefits and eliminated the retirement plan. The workers at the plant went on strike. Rather than negotiate with the workers, Bain closed the factory and laid off the 250 workers that were left. A few years after Bain bought AMPAD, they piled on debt and plunged it in to bankruptcy, closing more plants and laying off hundreds more workers. Despite the devastation to families and communities, Bain Capital made $100 million off the transaction."

Background on war room effort from the DNC and Iowa Democratic Party: " Sunday, January 1st through Wednesday, January 4th, the Democratic National Committee and Iowa Democratic Party will host a "War Room" at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel located at 401 Locust Street, across the skywalk from Polk County Convention Center and caucus media center in Des Moines.

"The war room will serve as the central location from which the Democratic Party will coordinate communications and media operations as Republicans compete in Iowa on January 3rd. Democratic surrogates like DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, IDP Chair Sue Dvorsky, DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse, and DNC National Press Secretary Melanie Roussell will be based out of the war room and will be holding daily press availabilities and doing radio and print interviews from this location. On-the-record spokespeople will be available for the duration, as well as coffee and refreshments."

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