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Setting the record straight in Tampa

Democrats are holding a counter-convention just blocks from the Tampa Bay Times Forum convention hall. This morning, we kicked things off with a press conference, where elected officials, the founder of Carmax, and a paper worker who lost his job when Romney and Bain Capital took over, shared their stories.

Republicans are in Tampa all week, holding their convention to nominate Mitt Romney for president. They're telling their side of the story—but not the full story. As they nominate the former governor of Massachusetts, Republicans won't talk about how Romney led his state to 47th out of 50 in job creation. And they won't talk about how Romney is proposing massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans—paid for by the middle class.

That's where we come in.

Democrats are holding a counter-convention just blocks from the Tampa Bay Times Forum convention hall. This morning, we kicked things off with a press conference, where elected officials, the founder of Carmax, and a paper worker who lost his job when Romney and Bain Capital took over, shared their stories.

  • Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley knows what it's like to run a state and create jobs there—and he explained why Romney's experience in the private and public sectors aren't what the American people are looking for in a president.
  • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, who is chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, noted that the only thing Romney has actually built are "a bank account in Switzerland, investments in Bermuda and the Caymans, and an inexplicably large IRA."
  • Mayor Joe Curtatone of Somerville, Massachusetts, experienced Romney Economics firsthand and shared how it led to a terrible business climate in his state—which has been on the rebound since Romney left office.
  • Austin Ligon, the co-founder and retired CEO of Carmax, talked about how he helped build a business from scratch—and why Romney's policies don't give him confidence that he knows how to move the economy forward.
  • And Randy Johnson, who lost his job at Ampad when Romney and Bain helped bankrupt the company, shared how Romney Economics devastated him, his co-workers, their families, and their community.

Listen to the entire press conference here—and see more photos on our Flickr page.