Romney Camp Fends Off Bain Attacks

    MANCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 07:  Republican presidential candidates (L-R) former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry head back to their podiums during a commmercial break in the ABC News, Yahoo! News, and WMUR Republican Presidential Debate at Saint Anselm College January 7, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The GOP contenders are in the final stretch of campaigning for the New Hampshire primary, the first in the nation, to be held on January 10.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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    Mitt Romney's campaign was as surprised as Sean Hannity and John Sununu to hear Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry decrying free-market capitalism and attacking Mitt Romney as a corporate raider for his time as a venture capitalist at his old firm, Bain. Matt Rhoades, Romney's campaign manager, worries that the attacks will hurt Romney's favorability rating, especially in South Carolina, with its many shuttered businesses and suspicion of corporate elites. At the same time, the attacks are uniting some conservatives around Romney. Sen. Jim DeMint, speaking after Romney gave his acceptance speech, said, “Frankly, I’m a little concerned about the few Republicans who have criticized some of what I consider the free-market principles here.”

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