Gravel had some tough words for credit card companies Wednesday.
(CNN) – Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel defended his handling of his personal finances at Wednesday night’s presidential debate in Hanover, New Hampshire, saying that the bright side of a personal bankruptcy he had filed years ago was that credit card companies deserved to get “stuck” with his $90,000 in unpaid debts.
“Donald Trump has been bankrupt a hundred times. So I went bankrupt once in business,” he said. “Who did I bankrupt? I stuck the credit card companies with $90,000 worth of bills, and they deserved it. . . . ”
Gravel also attacked his wealthier Democratic presidential rivals.
“If you want to make a judgment of who can be the greediest people in the world when they get to public office, you can just look at the people up here,” he said, motioning to the other candidates on stage. “Many of them have done very, very well in public office. I left the Senate no better than when I went in.”