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CNBC's Cramer Doubles Down on Romney Being 'Job Destroyer': He Used 'Code Words for Firing People'

On Tuesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer invited CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer to elaborate on calling Mitt Romney a "job destroyer" as the head of Bain Capital on Sunday's Meet the Press: "You speaking as a pundit, or do you have some experience here?" Cramer declared: "He was talking about rationalizing the workforce, making it so that the companies were more efficient. Matt, these were code words back then. Code words for firing people."

Like on Sunday, Cramer spoke about his interest in working for Bain out of college: "I went to hear the presentation when I was at Harvard Law, trying to figure out whether to work for them or somebody else. They were talking about rationalizing the workforce....And by the way, it was viewed as being very positive. It wasn't something that we thought was like, 'Wow, that would be really bad if you're running for president.' It was like, 'Wow, that could be really good if I work there.'"

Lauer followed up by wondering: "Was it smart business or was it a problem with capitalism?" Cramer acknowledged: "It was smart business. This was the way to make money if you worked for Bain. That kind of was why you interviewed with them."

Here is a transcript of the May 22 exchange:

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MATT LAUER: You made headlines over the weekend on a different subject. You weighed in on Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital. Something that's been being discussed a lot now. Whether it's a liability or an asset in his run for the presidency. You said, "Romney's known as a job destroyer, not a job creator." You speaking as a pundit, or do you have some experience here?

JIM CRAMER: Look, I went to hear the presentation when I was at Harvard Law, trying to figure out whether to work for them or somebody else. They were talking about rationalizing the workforce.

LAUER: They were talking or he was talking?

CRAMER: Bain – well, he was there.

LAUER: Okay.

CRAMER: He was talking about rationalizing the workforce, making it so that the companies were more efficient. Matt, these were code words back then. Code words for firing people. And by the way, it was viewed as being very positive. It wasn't something that we thought was like, "Wow, that would be really bad if you're running for president." It was like, "Wow, that could be really good if I work there."

LAUER: Was it smart business or was it a problem with capitalism?

CRAMER: It was smart business. This was the way to make money if you worked for Bain. That kind of was why you interviewed with them.

LAUER: Jim Cramer. Alright, we'll leave it at that. Appreciate it very much. You can catch this guy on Mad Money week nights at 6:00 and 11:00 Eastern Time on CNBC.

-- Kyle Drennen is a news analyst at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.