Dems: Romney is easier jobs target than Gingrich

December 20, 2011 - 3:25 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conventional wisdom, supported by polls, maintains that Mitt Romney would be a tougher opponent than would Newt Gingrich against President Barack Obama.

But one factor keeps Democrats from salivating over Gingrich's rise in the Republican presidential race: Romney may present a fatter target on jobs, the issue expected to dominate the 2012 contest.

Romney says his greatest asset is his understanding of business and job creation. Obama's team has compiled a thick file to rebut that claim, based mainly on Romney's time as head of the private equity firm Bain Capital in the 1980s and 1990s. Bain made hefty profits for Romney and other officials and investors. But hundreds of workers sometimes lost their jobs in the process.

The Obama camp has no comparable jobs "opposition research" on Gingrich.