2 Minutes with David Corn: Breaking Down the Bain Video

The latest Mitt Romney video released by Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn doesn’t address the “47 percent,” but it does reveal some uncomfortable truths about how the GOP candidate viewed his role at Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded.

Speaking in 1985 at the 20th anniversary of Bain & Company, a young Romney said: “Bain Capital is an investment partnership which was formed to invest in startup companies and ongoing companies, then to take an active hand in managing them and hopefully, five to eight years later, to harvest them at a significant profit.”

In two minutes, Corn breaks down exactly why Romney’s top priority at Bain wasn’t creating jobs or building strong companies. He also raises the question: What makes Romney qualified to do so now as a potential president?

Have an issue or a MoJo reporter you would like us to spend two minutes with? Drop us an email at dliebelson@motherjones.com.

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  • David Corn

    David Corn is Mother Jones' Washington bureau chief and an on-air analyst for MSNBC. He is the co-author (with Michael Isikoff) of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, Showdown, Hubris (with Isikoff), and The Lies of George W. Bush, as well as the e-book, 47 Percent: Uncovering the Romney Video that Rocked the 2012 Election. For more of his stories, click here. He's also on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Dana Liebelson was formerly a reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau. Her work also appears in Marie Claireand The Week.