Booker Walks Back Criticism Of Obama Campaign Tactics (VIDEO)

Source: Michael O’Brien / MSNBC

Newark Mayor Cory Booker released a video on Sunday emphasizing his support for President Obama’s re-election after condemning some the president’s re-election tactics as “nauseating.”

Booker said in a video posted to YouTube that he believed it was appropriate to fully vet Mitt Romney’s private sector record, clarifying his head-turning comments this morning on “Meet the Press,” on which he decried the Obama campaign’s attacks on Romney due to an instance in which a company acquired by Bain Capital, which Romney cofounded, ended up in bankruptcy.

“This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity, stop attacking Jeremiah Wright,” Booker said during a roundtable on the program, referencing also the plan mulled by a Republican super PAC to link the president to a controversial pastor.

The remark was a badly off-script tangent for Booker, who’s regarded as a rising star within the Democratic Party, and an effective surrogate for Obama. The president’s re-election campaign had worked all week to drive a message painting Romney’s experience at Bain as primarily motivated by profits at all costs, rather than the expertise on job creation that Romney has sought to project.

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