September 18, 2012 / 5:33 PM / in 5 years

Romney backer defends fundraising event

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Marc Leder, the co-chief executive of private equity firm Sun Capital Partners Inc who hosted a fundraiser in May in which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama, said on Tuesday he had supported people from both political parties.

Marc Leder, co-CEO of Sun Capital Partners, speaks during the Reuters Restructuring Summit in New York, in this October 6, 2010, file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

“I hosted a fundraiser for an old friend in May,” Leder said in a statement provided by his spokesman.

“I believe all Americans should have the opportunity to succeed, to improve their lives, and to build even better lives for their children. I have supported people from both political parties who share this view and make it a priority, even though their ideas on how to achieve it may differ.”

A video shot with a hidden camera at Leder’s Boca Raton, Florida, home emerged on Monday in which Romney dismissed Obama supporters -- almost half of U.S. voters -- as people who live off government handouts and do not “care for their lives.”

Reporting by Greg Roumeliotis in New York

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