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Mitt Romney, private equity in the public eye

Here’s an early can’t-miss New Year’s prediction: A noisy debate about the social value of private equity will become a staple of campaign politics in 2012.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s background as a founder of Boston’s Bain Capital - his critical management credential - and the nature of campaigns guarantee that. In fact, Romney has already spent a lot of time and energy pushing back against Bain-related attacks from Democrats and even Republican challenger Newt Gingrich.

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