Fighting Words

Rep. Clyburn: Romney was ‘Raping Companies’

Rep. James Clyburn claimed that Mitt Romney was involved in “raping companies” while at Bain Capital. The House’s No. 3 Democrat sounded off on MSNBC on Tuesday, saying, “This is not an attack on free enterprise. I don’t take contributions from payday lenders. I refuse to do that ... And 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 real serious problem with that.” Clyburn’s spokesman said that the term was “a synonym for rob or plunder.” But an Obama campaign spokeswoman said that they “strongly” disagree with Clyburn’s “choice of words.”