Booker Complicates anti-Bain Obama Message
Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, is a rising star in politics and a surrogate for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama. However, on Sunday he was very critical of Obama’s campaign for the negative ads that focused on opponent Mitt Romney’s record with Bain Capital. Booker called the ads nauseating, just a day before a second round of attacks on Bain were due to be released by the Obama team.
The mayor’s remarks illustrate how the Obama team and all of its followers must walk a fine line between casting Romney as the corporate raider but not appearing to criticize private equity firms in general. Republicans were quick to pounce on the remarks made by Booker.
Booker, while on Sunday’s Meet the Press, said ads both sides were running were nauseating. He said he was tired to keep hearing about Jeremiah Wright and he wished Obama would stop attacking private equity.
Booker was making reference to the campaign Obama has launched since the beginning of last week about Romney’s past record when he was the head of Bain, the equity firm he was the founder of. The ads try to make Romney out to be a heartless corporate leader and a destroyer of jobs.
The Newark mayor also tried to equate the attacks the Obama campaign made with the ad campaign proposed by super PAC that was targeted at President Obama’s ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the controversial reverend. That ad campaign was denounced by Romney and many Republicans after being revealed by a news agency.