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Brave Democratic Newark Mayor Attacks Obama Campaign Ad - Defends Romney
Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Wed May 23 06:32:07 2012Another Democrat worthy of votes, if only more were like him.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker slams Obama campaign ad, defends private equity firm Romney worked at.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker defended Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital today, criticizing the Obama campaign's attack ad against Romney and calling for an end to "nauseating" attacks from both sides, reports Politico.
Booker, a Democrat and a surrogate for the Obama campaign, was on NBC's "Meet the Press" today where he weighed in on topics ranging from the Obama and Romney campaigns to whether Gov. Chris Christie is presidential material.
Booker slammed the criticisms on Romney's private equity background and likened them to attacks by some on the right to inject Rev. Jeremiah Wright into the campaign.
“Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright,” Booker said on the show.
"Meet the Press" host David Gregory even gave a nod to the Booker and Christie parody video that made the rounds last week and spoofed the mayor's heroics and Christie's vice presidential potential.
On Romney's work at Bain Capital, Booker said: "“As far as that stuff, I have to just say from a very personal level I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity...To me, it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America. Especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people invest in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses [and] to grow businesses. And this, to me, I’m very uncomfortable with.”
Later Booker posted on Twitter clarifying his earlier statements: "So I'll clarify my comments on MTP. Yes, Obama must be re-elected. But we as a Nation owe it to him & ourselves 2 reject politics as usual."
(See the video around 3:40 for Booker's comments.)
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Booker was part of a roundtable discussion, hosted by Gregory this morning on "Meet the Press," alongside Republican strategist Mike Murphy, Jim Cramer from CNBC's "Mad Money" and Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal.
On Christie, Booker artfully dodged a direct question from Gregory on the governor's potential national ambitions and qualifications.
"Is he qualified to be president?" he asked Booker of Christie in an earlier segment of the roundtable.
"I'll say this, he's as qualified — if not more — than all the other names I'm hearing being mentioned," Booker said.