Gov. Deval Patrick said "it's never been about Bain" in an interview Thursday with Soledad O'Brien, on the new campaign ad released by the Obama campaign attacking Mitt Romney's time as governor of Massachusetts.
SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Why the shift away and off Bain and focused on Romney's serving in the job that you now have? Is it that the Bain thing wasn't getting traction? Is it that there was some backlash, certainly among the surrogates?
DEVAL PATRICK: Listen, I think, first of all, it's never been about Bain; it's about whether Gov. Romney has accomplished in either the private or public sector the kinds of things he said he wants to do for the nation as president.
Patrick defended Bain last week in an interview with CNN, saying, "I respect what Bain does and its role in the free market system."