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More rumors abound as sources point to Bain Capital as nation's first “corporate VP”
7/18/2012 7:05 AM Matt Rock
The media can't get enough of the speculation over who will be named to join Mitt Romney's ticket. Rumors are spreading that Romney might announce his top pick later this week, and as of this article being written, it seems to be anyone's guess as to who it might be. Bobby Jindal? Condoleezza Rice? David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz? No one can be sure.
But anonymous sources are now pointing to a whole other candidate, one that would surely be more shocking than any of the names popularly being thrown around: Bain Capital. Romney is reportedly considering naming Bain as the nation's first “corporate vice president,” with the private equity firm assuming the role and its limited responsibilities.
“There's a reason Romney lied about when he retired from Bain. He's been grooming this company to be his Vice President for a very long time,” said an anonymous senior-level source at Bain Capital. “Mitt loves the idea of having a corporation join him on the ticket. It would send a clear message that his campaign firmly believes in the free markets regulating themselves. And Bain Capital? They regulate themselves so hard it makes people cry, usually because they just got fired.”
Democrats have had mixed reactions to the rumor. Some point out that the vice presidency is too important a title for a corporate entity to hold, while others illustrate that the VP's primary responsibility – breaking ties in the Senate – wouldn't be affected by a corporation making that decision.
“This is the federal government we're talking about here. Corporations already write the laws, so why should it matter if a corporation breaks tie votes on those laws?” asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “We have a Republican-controlled house, and if Romney wins, a Republican-controlled Oval Office. Believe me when I tell you that in that scenario, a corporate vice president would be the very least of our problems!” - Return to Previous Page
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