Cory Booker Slams Obama Campaign Ad Attacking Romney’s Bain Capital Record
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.
“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.”