Campaign Headlines May 21, 2012: Backtrack, Backlash & Damage Control after Cory Booker Denounces Obama Campaign Anti-Romney Bain Ad




Cory Booker Walks Back Criticism of Obama Campaign Bain Attacks

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-21-12

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President Obama’s re-election campaign is doing some damage control after a top surrogate Sunday sharply criticized a major Democratic assault on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat and high-profile Obama supporter, said in an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press that he is “very uncomfortable” with an anti-Bain, anti-Romney ad campaign launched aggressively last week.

“If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses.  And this, to me, I’m very uncomfortable with,” Booker said….READ MORE

New Web Video: “Big Bain Backfire”

Source: Mitt Romney Digital, 5-21-12

President Obama’s attacks on free enterprise have triggered a backlash among many—even among those in his own party. In just the past few days, everyone from former advisors to his own surrogates have criticized the Obama campaign’s attack on free enterprise. With no record to run on, it is no surprise that the Obama campaign has resorted to misleading attacks that have been disavowed by its own supporters.

Obama: Attacks on Romney, Bain are fair game

Source: Politico, 5-21-12

President Obama Monday defended his campaign’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s business record, denying that they are a distraction or a side issue.

“This is not a distraction. This is what this campaign is going to be about. Both the upsides and the down sides are worth examining.”

“My opponent, Gov. Romney, his main calling card for why he should be president is his business experience. When you’re president, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, then your job is not simply to maximize profits.”

“So, if your main argument for how to grow the economy was ‘I knew how to make a lot of money for investors’ then you’re missing what this job is about. That doesn’t mean you weren’t good at private equity. But that’s not what my job is as president.

“My view of private equity is that it is set up to maximize profits. And that’s a healthy part of the free market. That’s part of the role of a lot of business people. I think there are folks who do good work in that area.”

Romney: President Obama Fails To Accept Moral Responsibility For His Failed Policies

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 5-21-12

Mitt Romney today made the following statement on President Obama’s comments on free enterprise:

“President Obama confirmed today that he will continue his attacks on the free enterprise system, which Mayor Booker and other leading Democrats have spoken out against. What this election is about is the 23 million Americans who are still struggling to find work and the millions  who have lost their homes and have fallen into poverty. President Obama refuses to accept moral responsibility for his failed policies. My campaign is offering a positive agenda to help America get back to work.”

After Booker Criticisms, a Struggle to Define What’s Fair Game

Source: NYT, 5-21-12

The Obama campaign insists that the full-throated assault on Bain Capital is a critique of Mitt Romney’s claim to be a jobs creator. But much of the commentary describes Mr. Romney in highly personal ways….READ MORE

Surrogate for Obama Denounces Anti-Romney Ad

Source: NYT, 5-20-12

Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark sharply criticized an advertisement about Mitt Romney’s private equity work….READ MORE

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