Romney is the wealthiest candidate seeking the White House this term, with a family fortune estimated at $250 million. His publicly filed disclosure reports show his family still holds Bain assets worth up to $60 million, which provide his family millions of dollars in annual income. Romney has been aggressive in his defense of his tenure at the company, noting Bain's successful investments in companies like Staples, the office supply giant.
''Government doesn't create jobs, but the private sector does,'' Romney said during one recent debate. ''I spent my life, my career, in the private sector. I understand, by the way, from my successes and my failures what it's going to take to put Americans back to work with high-paying jobs.''
Johnson shared with ABC News a copy of a letter Romney wrote to him after he lost the 1994 Senate race, in which Romney suggested that the Ampad workers had been exploited by operatives for Kennedy's campaign. And Romney conceded that he felt badly that the Marion, Indiana plant had been forced to close.
Johnson said he didn't buy it.
"I bet he did feel badly," Johnson said. "He lost the election."