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Booker Slams Obama Campaign Ad Attacking Romney's Bain Capital Record....

Posted by on May. 21, 2012 at 7:44 AM
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Cory Booker slams Obama campaign ad attacking Romney's Bain Capital record

Obama with Booker, right, after Booker endorsed the then-senator for president, May 14, 2007. (AP/File)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker slammed the Obama campaign's ad criticizing Mitt Romney's record as the head of Bain Capital, and called for an end to"nauseating" attacks from both sides.

"I have to just say from a very personal level, I'm not about to sit here and indict private equity," Booker, a Democrat, said in an appearance on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday. "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, to grow businesses."

The ad--released last week by the Obama re-election campaign--makes Booker, who endorsed Obama for president in 2008, "very uncomfortable," he said.

[ WATCH: Obama campaign's new ad paints Romney as a job-killing economic 'vampire' ]

"This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides," Booker continued. "It's nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright. This stuff has got to stop, because what it does is it undermines, to me, what this country should be focused on. It's a distraction from the real issues."

After Sunday's "Meet The Press" broadcast, Booker took to his favorite medium--Twitter--to clarify his comments.

"I will fight hard for Obama to win," Booker wrote. "But just as his '08 campaign did, I believe we must elevate [and] not denigrate. This is the Obama I know."

"We as 'the electorate' must also bear responsibility for changing the tone of politics as usual," he continued. "Not just root harder for our side ... I'm sick to my stomach of the politics of destruction. We now have a [federal government] that can't come together [and] solve our nation's problems. I'll always prioritize my nation over a political party. [And] right now crass divisive partisan politics is not serving the citizens of my city."

"Yes, Obama must be re-elected. But we as a Nation owe it to him and ourselves to reject politics as usual," Booker added. "The politics as we are now playing it calls to our lessor angels [and] lowest common denominators. Our nation can and should reject this."

Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, took to Twitter to thank Booker.

"If Cory Booker went on 'Meet the Press' on Sunday with the intent of helping President Obama," Steve Kornacki wrote on Salon.com, "then his appearance was an utter failure."

But as Salon and others pointed out, Booker was likely looking to further his own political ambitions--say, in 2016, when the Democratic party will be looking for its next presidential nominee.

by on May. 21, 2012 at 7:44 AM
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pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on May. 21, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Finally....

Jambo4
by Gold Member on May. 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

This was the first thing I read this morning.

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on May. 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM
I wish negative politics wasn't so effective. As long as it is, nobody will be willing to stop.
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Jambo4
by Gold Member on May. 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

NancSBRN
by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

It is going to be a shitty election Thank God I have a DVR.

I totally agree the whole Super Pac issue this is a license to let these big companies and lobby's  to mislead truth and to keep pushing things that are not important in this race. They all want to buy the office IMHO.

This was one of the worst decision the Supreme Court has ever made.

I got to say all negative ads every do for me is Tick me off but here we go another Year of Mud Slinging is about to begin.  I do agree the difference need to be debated but I for one will make it known that advertising is not what helps me decide whom to vote for.

This is going to be so disgusting not just for those running for President and all other office races up for grabs I am not looking forward to the wall to wall nothing but campaign ads. Give me MAYHEM and the Geko anyday. Give the any other ads but the no slaught of political ads I am not looking forward too.


NancSBRN
by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Glad Cory Booker Clarified himself and I agree with him 100% the media loves to twist issues and we all need to remember that. 

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