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
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)

(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.”

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May 21, 2012 10:32 AM CDT
Cant talk about Bain (although Mitt brings it up ALL the time as his business experience), dont talk much about his time as Gov. of Mass.(didnt even try for a second term cause he knew he couldnt win), its not nice to talk about his time in high school (I dont care if the kid was gay or not, he was still being bullied by Mitt) cause ,ya know that was so long ago. Cant talk about his car elevators cause ya know, thats just wealth envy. Just what the hell CAN we talk about? How about his proposed tax cuts for the uber rich which, by CBO standards & a majority of economic scholars, will ADD 5 TRILLION to the debt? And to anyone who says "lets talk about the economy" I say that point #1 is fair game.
May 21, 2012 7:45 AM CDT
Well said Mayor Booker.
May 21, 2012 5:31 AM CDT
Is the Mayor is naive or is he just looking for some publicity? Did he view the ads Romney made against Rick Santorum? Bain Capital IS an issue in an election cycle where the economy is 1st priority. People like them bribe politicians into changing the tax codes so they get richer while paying little in taxes. Bain exists to make profits NOT job creation. The Mayor should talk to those Americans who lost their jobs and pensions while Bain made huge profits from leveraged buyouts. When will Booker start criticizing Mitt's lies?