Perry: Don’t Go After Romney On Bain

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) advised President Barack Obama’s campaign Friday not to attack Mitt Romney for his time at the private equity firm Bain Capital, a strategy employed by both Perry and Newt Gingrich during the often-contentious Republican nomination contest.

“I don’t think Barack Obama wants to go there,” Perry said in an interview with CNN’s John King.  When pressed on whether he stood by his previous criticisms of Romney, Perry said he was simply trying to “score points.”  

Since dropping out earlier this month, Gingrich has also suggested that the Obama campaign is taking an ill-advised approach in its scrutiny of Romney’s career at Bain.


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