Rising Dem Calls Obama Campaign Ads 'Nauseating'

Newark Mayor Cory Booker slams GOP ads too

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted May 20, 2012 1:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – A leading Obama supporter pushed back against the president's attacks on Mitt Romney today, calling them "nauseating to the American public." On Meet the Press, Newark Mayor Cory Booker slammed Obama's campaign ad criticizing Bain Capital, Politico reports: "Enough is enough," Booker said. "Stop attacking private equity." If this sounds like ammunition for the presumptive GOP nominee, you're right: The Republican National Committee is already linking to it, Talking Points Memo reports.

But Booker criticized both parties, noting attacks that use Rev. Jeremiah Wright against Obama. “Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright," he said. "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. It’s either going to be a small campaign about this crap or it’s going to be a big campaign, in my opinion, about the issues that the American public cares about.”

Newark Mayor Cory Booker stands in front of a boarded-up 433 Hawthorne Avenue in Newark, NJ, Friday, April 13, 2012.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker stands in front of a boarded-up 433 Hawthorne Avenue in Newark, NJ, Friday, April 13, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Honoree Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, attends the 2011 Emery Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 10, 2011 in New York City.
Honoree Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, attends the 2011 Emery Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 10, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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