May 20th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Political jabs are 'nauseating,' mayor says

(CNN) – Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey, a Democrat, said Sunday that some of the current politicking makes him sick - including criticism of Mitt Romney from his own party.

Booker, whose national standing is on the rise, distanced himself from attacks on Romney's record at the private equity firm Bain Capital, which he said make him "uncomfortable."

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"I'm not going to sit here and indict private equity. To me we're getting to a ridiculous point in America," Booker said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "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 compared Romney's background to his own as mayor and called for the attacks from both parties to cease. The two-term mayor has supported significant budget cuts in his city that he said were necessary to correct its fiscal order.

"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. "This stuff has got to stop because what it does is, it undermines to me what this country should be focused on."

Romney's history in the private sector and a Republican-backed proposal for an ad linking President Barack Obama to his controversial former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., have occupied much of the campaign chatter of late.

Team Obama has condemned Romney and his partners for profiting while some of the companies with which he was involved laid off workers or filed for bankruptcy. Romney's campaign has defended his record as an example of capitalism and accused the Obama re-election campaign of waging class warfare.

Ultimately, Booker, an Obama supporter, said the 2012 election is about "two men with fundamentally different ideals."

"The sexy stuff of campaigns that the media plays over and over again that we wasted time talking about is this negative stuff," Booker said. "The reality is – and I listen to Obama. I have Obama surrogate notes here, they're talking about the positive issues."

After an onslaught of attention following his Sunday show appearance, Booker took to YouTube Sunday afternoon to reiterate his support of the president and elaborate on his frustrations with current state of political campaigns.

Booker said Obama "more than deserves re-election," but that he hopes the general election will focus on the "issues that count."

"I am indeed upset. I am indeed frustrated," Booker said. "But I believe the American public, working together can more and more denounce this type of campaigning and more and more focus on the issues that count."

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Filed under: 2012 • Cory Booker • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. reality

    I agree that politics is sickening. These people are supposed to be working together and solving our problems but instead they are arguing and calling each other names just like kindergarteners! Just present facts and stop trying to bash each other. As disturbing as this is, this is an inevitable aspect of politics. Another thing that we need to stop doing is judging based on political party. We need to reason and think for ourselves. The attitude that we can not compromise or even have a civil debate with the other group is what truly divides America. We have multiple parties and this brings out different sides of the issue. It doesn't help that many refuse to listen. This doesn't mean, however, that you can not stand by your values.

    May 20, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |

    It's that lunatic, hate monger, Sean Hannity that keeps resurrecting Rev. Wright. It didn't scare people in '08 and it won't scare them this year. Play a new tape Sean, you've worn this one out, you bigot!! Obama 2012

    May 20, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. nru

    Good for him – a voice of reason

    May 20, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. LTTC

    wow a stand up Democrat. I didn't know there were any left. Too bad there aren't enough good men and women left to take back their party from the lying cheating progressives.

    May 20, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  5. Alex in Wisconsin

    I'm just going to say it now. This man needs to run for President in 2016. He's a man close to the people, sensible, hardworking, smart and heroic. But most importantly, he has integrity. Give him a speaking gig at the DNC convention, elect him to the senate in 2014, then onward to the white house.

    Booker 2016

    Surely the Tea Party won't hate a man who did a webvid with Chris Christie... Right?

    May 20, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. tony

    It seems to me that the Tea Party is only interested in restating the civil war and expecting to win it. With US mass slavery run by an obscenely wealthy US aristocracy as the prize.

    May 20, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. january2454

    Wow. When one of Obama's mouthpieces says he's nauseated by one of Obama's ads, you KNOW it's bad.

    Congratulations to Mayor Booker for telling the truth about Bain Capital - that it did a lot of good for America, helped created a lot of companies which produced a lot of jobs.

    Now maybe the lefties on these discussions will s h u t u p about Bain. On second thought, there's probably no chance of that. They're not fair and they're not honest.

    May 20, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. STEVE

    Capitalism is a good thing and is responsible for the most prolific economic growth in any century in history (20th). I am tired of people bashing it as a bad thing. Although I am not a Romney fan, I will vote against Obama and what I see as socialist leanings and the growth of government control. I agree that the negative ads must stop. Run on your records and your vision and let the chips fall where they may.

    May 20, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. ST

    Instead of condemning attacks, Mayor Booker should condemn the massive money which has been involved and still being raised in campaigns and in politics as a whole. This is what money does. If there wasn't any, you could not have seen this kind of politics Mr. Mayor!

    May 20, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. Mike

    I don't villify the idea of private equity. But I do dispute the idea that Romney's tenure at Bain (a) qualifies him to fix our economy, (b) qualifies him to lead our govt, or (c) qualifies him as a job creator. He was a wealth creator and I don't fault him for that. But he didn't set out to create jobs, he set out to create wealth. When jobs were created, that was a pleasant side effect but it wasn't the mission.

    May 20, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. tony

    With the switch to an all-volunteer US army, it will be able to select more and more from the growing masses of extremely poor without health and unemployment safety-nets , and gradually become dominated by the most aggressive of them, and easily become a conscience-less, purchasable tool for an eventual coup or civil war.

    May 20, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. masango

    Where was Booker when Gingrich was talking "nauseating" about Mitt's record at Bain Capital during the Florida battle for nomination? Booker must say it like it is-he is a Romney supporter by night and an Obama supporter for votes during the day. Has Booker ever listened to Michell Bachman? Has he come out public against all the nauseating derogatory statements against the President? What says he now about the latest Rubio Ohio remarks? Booker should help us start by listening to his dear friend Cristy.

    May 20, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  13. Sue

    Amazing.......There are still some Democrats with brains!! I guess that Mr. Booker figured out that you cannot run a city, when half the population or more is on food stamps. If he were really honest, he would simply say--"that hopey and changey thing is not working, and neither are half of the citizens".

    May 20, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  14. John

    First, it was Steve Rattner, an former Obama advisor saying that this ad was 'unfair'. Now comes Cory Booker.
    Dems – give up. You lost this one.

    May 20, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  15. rasjr1957

    Let them say what they want still haven't heard a politician with and idea on how to get people back to work and get out of debt and have a balanced budget. The future is bleak period neither person is qualified for the job of president. God help America. The modern day politician is destroying the country for there own personal gain period they are all legalized criminals.

    May 20, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  16. Randy

    O goody, more false equivalencies. Mayor Booker seems like a good guy and maybe he'll run for national office some day. We'll see how Fair and Balanced he feels when the GOP comes after him with everything they've got and lots of stuff they just make up. No one is making stuff up about Romney here. He says he should be president BECAUSE of his experience at Bain. He made lots of money for himself and therefore he'll get the economy running. That's the goofy fantasy. So his own campaign invites scrutiny of just exactly how he made all that money for himself and whether that experience somehow some way correlates with fixing the economy of the nation. And it doesn't. It's a freaking nightmare scenario. So, sorry, Mr. Mayor. You're sqeaky clean and that's swell. But Mitt Romney's experience at Bain has been made an issue by Mitt Romney himself and it's not fair to drag people who point that out into the foul mud churned up by the likes of Norquist and Rove. It isn't always Fair to Balance everything.

    May 21, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  17. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    gg – the bain doctrine would destroy whats left of the middle class
    Yes, far better to just let all companies go bankrupt costing everybody their jobs. That's brilliant libtard logic and will do wonders for the middle class.

    May 21, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  18. ArtInChicago

    Can't wait to see where Booker's seat will be for the 2013 inauguration. Bob Uecker will be sitting in front of him though.

    May 21, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  19. bill

    This guy is out of touch, especially with his own party if he thinks private equity firms like Bain are in the public interest, It just shows how uneducated in financial matters this man is. Bains goal is profit. It makes this profit by buying companies and draining the wealth from them. This has been going on for decades in several sectors of our society and the middle class no longer exists. Not the middle class I grew up in. Facebook is another good example. does anybody see 100 billion in worth in that company? the gold standard for figuring the value of a company is 3 years net income.

    May 21, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  20. jon

    Democrats and republicans are all the same. Don't matter which side you elect, they are all gonna sell away our rights to the highest bidder. Career politicians have ruined this country. Hell, since 911 Homeland security as the authority to hold up any law they deem to be a national security risk. I guess in the whole scheme of things America had a good run. Now it is no better than any other nation. If there isn't a civil war in the next 10 years we are totally boned.

    May 21, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  21. Jayson

    I had thought that Mayor Booker was someone we could look for in the future. With his statements today he shows that he is firmly in the camp with the Wall Street firms. His backtracking comes to late.

    May 21, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  22. Paganini

    Bain Capital has never, ever, existed to create a single job. They are, and have always been, in business to create profit – for employees, management and shareholders of Bain. A simple concept, really. Whether that bothers you does not matter one bit, but let's be honest in what they do.

    May 21, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  23. MR.AL

    I have a question for Mayor Corey Booker. If it was you who lost a job youv'e had for years? The company closed and moved to Mexio or over seas for cheaper wages and Bain Capital was the cause would you be talking this way now? You said the comments were nauseating!! I think romney has made a few comments himself that make people nauseated most have been proven untrue!!!

    May 21, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  24. gmad

    it does not take a rocket scientist to realize romney is a horrible person

    May 21, 2012 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  25. ddt

    Man you lost your mind!!!

    May 21, 2012 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
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