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Cory Booker 'very uncomfortable' with Obama's attack on Romney (+video)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is a campaign surrogate for Barack Obama and a rising Democratic star. But he finds himself ‘very uncomfortable’ with Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s business record.

The mayor of Newark, New Jersey feels as if the campaign's attacks on Romney's record at Bain Capital go too far.
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Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker is a rising star in the Democratic Party, portrayed as heroic recently for rescuing a woman from a burning building in his neighborhood. And he's a big fan of President Obama, who he’s done some campaigning for.

But he had tough words for the Obama reelection campaign Sunday when he pronounced himself “very uncomfortable” with its recent attacks on Mitt Romney’s business record at Bain Capital.

"I have to just say from a very personal level, I'm not about to sit here and indict private equity," Mayor Booker said 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."

Quick as a flash, the Republican National Committee had posted the video on its website with the headline: “They Said It! Mayor Cory Booker Hits Obama Campaign For Attacks On Private Sector.”

Monitor political pundit Peter Grier reported on the Obama attack ads this past week:

On Monday, the Obama campaign released an ad accusing Mr. Romney’s former firm Bain Capital of sucking cash out of a Missouri company named GST Steel, driving it into bankruptcy. Tuesday, a pro-Obama super political-action committee, Priorities USA Action, released an ad that focuses on Bain’s ownership of GST Steel, which closed in 2001, throwing more than 700 people out of work.


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