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July 09, 2012

Mitt's business chops an issue, attribute

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. (UPI Photo/A.J. Sisco)

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A Democratic governor said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's business career was a legitimate campaign issue because he has no economic platform.

Gov. Tom O'Malley of Maryland said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday Romney made his fortune by sending jobs offshore and stashing money in overseas bank accounts and companies.

"These are legitimate questions that a man who is holding himself out as wanting to lead our country forward needs to answer." O'Malley said. "He doesn't have an economic policy. And his track record in business was to offshore American jobs and to set up secret bank accounts offshore to shelter his own fair share of paying taxes to make our country stronger."

O'Malley said Romney's tenure as governor of Massachusetts failed to do much to improve employment in the state, so he has chosen to emphasis his successful career in the private sector.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana rallied to Romney's defense on "This Week." He said he was more comfortable having an ex-executive in the White House than he was someone like President Obama, who had "never run anything including a lemonade stand before he was president of the United States."

"We can't afford four more years of on-the-job training," Jindal said. "I'm thrilled that Mitt Romney has been successful in the private sector. I want somebody who's got that private-sector experience."

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