Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Sunday said that he felt uncomfortable with President Obama’s campaign ad attacking’s services for Bain Capital. Booker, an important ally of Obama in the forthcoming election, said that the Obama camp’s drive to depict Romney as a person who made profits by cutting jobs during his tenure as Bain’s CEO was wrong.
“If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses,” Booker told “Meet the Press” viewers. “And this, to me, I’m very uncomfortable with.”
Besides, he took note of reports that the Romney camp had intended to come up with advertisements stimulating Obama’s link to the Rev., a notorious minister in Chicago.
“This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright,” Booker said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Booker, who took note of his voters, and supporters- many of whom have invested in or work at New York-based financial firms- shortly posted a YouTube video in which he attempted to explain his remarks and highlight his support for Mr. Obama.
Booker was referring to a TV ad released by the Obama campaign the previous week in which Romney’s record at Bain was sharply criticized. The TV ad portrayed Mitt Romney as a person who destroyed employments at corporations such as GST steel. Besides, the advertisement mixed together some serious interviews of ex-steelworkers at a mill formerly held by Bain with footage of a cheerful Romney on the campaign track. The footage showed one employee calling Mitt Romney a “job destroyer.”
Booker also took to Twitter to clarify his comments and vow his support for President Obama.
"I will fight hard for Obama to win. 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," Booker Tweeted.
GOP campaign specialist Karl Rove appeared on Fox News Sunday to reject the allegations against Romney. He declared that Bain pokes against Romney will not function as desired by the designers, emphasizing that Romney’s time as Chief of the company was a “strength."