One of Mitt Romney's top surrogates said on a press conference call Tuesday morning that the candidate's much-maligned business record at Bain Capital is "fair game" in the campaign — but accused Obama of misrepresenting it.
"I think the Bain record as a whole is fair game," said former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu, adding, "What you have to do is an honest evaluation."
Sununu said overall Romney had a "good batting average" at Bain, helping companies create jobs. But, he said, the Obama campaign isn't telling the story of the entire record, instead "cherry-picking" a handful of cases where layoffs occurred to present Romney's entire career as one of a job-killer.
He also praised Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts, repeating a new line recently deployed by the campaign.
"Mitt Romney created more jobs as governor of massachusetts than president Obama has created as president of the United States," he said.
McKay Coppins is a senior writer for the BuzzFeed News politics team, and the author of The Wilderness, about the battle over the future of the Republican Party.
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