CNN’s Anderson Cooper didn’t let Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt get away with class-warfare rhetoric against Mitt Romney and Bain Capital Monday night, noting the Obama people from private-equity firms in his own administration.
The spokesman hemmed and hawed to stay on message complaining that Romney has never been able to prove that he created jobs during his tenure as Bain Capital’s CEO, noting that the presumptive GOP nominee’s goal has been wealth creation for themselves.
Cooper refused to let LeBolt’s comments go unchallenged, asking why it’s okay for the president’s private-equity supporters to bankrupt companies and put people out of work and why Romney is being demonized for the same thing.
LaBolt then attempted to suggest that Obama wants an economy that works for everyone after saying that private-equity firms don’t.
“Yet the president’s accepting money from people in private-equity firms,” Cooper said. “Isn’t that a bit hypocritical?
“You aren’t answering the question, I’m trying to figure out what’s the difference between Bain and Gov. Romney and the private-equity firms that the president’s taking money from.”
The Obama spokesman similarly refused to answer questions about Mayor Cory Booker’s comments that the attacks on Bain Capital and private-equity firms were “nauseating.”