Cory Booker Caught in Balancing Act Over Obama’s Bain Ad Comments

Cory Booker's Balancing Act Over Obama’s Bain Ad Comments

Cory Booker's Balancing Act Over Obama’s Bain Ad Comments

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May 21 2012 5:07 PM

Cory Booker's Balancing Act Over Obama’s Bain Ad Comments

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Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, has found himself in hot water with fellow Democrats, after criticising attack ads leveled at Mitt Romney.

Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Macy's

Whose side are you on, Newark Mayor Cory Booker?

Some are asking this question, after comments from the fire-braving New Jersey politician seemed to point the finger at President Obama’s campaign, for “nauseating” attack ads against Mitt Romney. Interviewed on NBC’s Meet The Press, Booker suggested ads from his fellow Democrats that criticized Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital were too negative.

Republicans seized on the comments, and Booker found himself backpedaling to voice broad support for the president. In a four-minute video he later posted to his over 1 million Twitter followers, Booker “clarified” his opinion, but didn’t fully walk back his comments, saying he was frustrated by negative campaigning.

Of course, the Obama Campaign quickly edited Booker’s four-minute “clarification” into a 35-second indictment of Romney, proving once again that when it comes to picking sides in presidential politics, at least, spin does not discriminate.

Video produced by Paca Thomas.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.