1. Former Rep. Harold Ford
“I would not have backed off the comments if I were Mayor Booker…The substance of his comments on Meet the Press, I agree with the core of it. I would not have backed them out … private equity’s not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, private equity is a good thing in many, many instances.” — Morning Joe, May 21, 2012.
2. Newark Mayor Cory Booker
“This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright. This stuff has got to stop.”
“I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity…If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses — to grow businesses. And this to me, I’m very uncomfortable.” — Meet The Press, May 20, 2012.
6. Sen. Joe Manchin
“A man in prison in Texas got 4 out of 10 votes in West Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary. The inmate, Keith Judd, is serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. Obama received 59 percent of the vote to Judd’s 41 percent…Manchin refused afterward to say whether he voted for Obama.” — Associated Press, May 9, 2012.
9. Vice President Joe Biden
“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction— beyond that.” — Meet The Press, May 6, 2012.
With Rebecca Elliott