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Obama's Cory Booker problem: allies undercut anti-Bain message

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The Obama campaign also put out a six-minute video about Ampad, highlighting workers who had lost their jobs.

The response from Team Romney and the Republican Party? Press releases – and a video (see below) – that gleefully try to fan the flames of the Democrats’ mini-insurrection, focusing not only on Booker’s comments but also other Obama allies sticking up for private equity. In addition, the RNC has bought ads on Twitter to publicize Booker's comments.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, former Rep. Harold Ford (D) of Tennessee said he would not have backed away from defending Bain if he were Booker.

“The substance of his comments on ‘Meet the Press,’ I agree with the core of it,” said Mr. Ford. “I would not have backed them out.… Private equity’s not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, private equity is a good thing in many, many instances.”

On TV last week, former Obama administration “car czar” Steve Rattner also stuck up for Bain and the world of venture capitalism, earning him regular space on Romney campaign missives.

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