By Jonathan Easley - 05/22/12 04:26 PM EDT
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Mitt Romney’s private equity firm Bain Capital engaged in “raping companies and leaving them in debt” for the benefit of the top executives.
“This is not an attack on free enterprise," Clyburn said Tuesday on MSNBC. “There’s something about raping companies and leaving them in debt and setting up Swiss bank accounts and corporate businesses in the Grand Caymans. I have a serious problem with that.”
The Obama campaign has tried to be more cautious in its approach, saying that it’s not attacking the practices of private equity firms but rather calling into question Romney’s reasoning that because he has private sector experience, he is better equipped to run the economy.
Still, two campaign ads released this week focused on the hardships of those who lost their jobs following Bain acquisition.
Clyburn says this is fair game.
“What are we supposed to be comparing President Obama to if we don’t compare it to the record that this man has with Bain Capital?”
Clyburn has not been shy about using pointed language against Romney. In April he said Romney was like a “foreign despot” for having Swiss bank accounts.