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In SC, Huntsman defends Romney's record at Bain

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Jon Huntsman says its time for Republicans to stop attacking presidential front-runner Mitt Romney's role in a corporate-takeover firm. But the former Utah governor says Romney can be called on to account for plenty of government-related issues.

Huntsman was urging South Carolina Republicans Wednesday to see him as a pragmatic problem-solver who disdains partisan posturing.

Huntsman later told reporters that Republicans should temper their criticism of Romney's role at Bain Capital in the 1980s and `90s, when the private equity firm restructured dozens of companies. Some jobs were lost; others created. Presidential contenders Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have seized on the lost jobs to paint Romney as a heartless profit-seeker who closed workplaces. Huntsman calls the argument unfair.

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