One of President Barack Obama's central campaign messages was undermined by a key Democratic Party supporter over the weekend.
Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker said Sunday on Meet the Press that the Obama campaign's attacks on Republican opponent Mitt Romney's work at Bain Capital were “nauseating.”
The president released a video on Monday highlighting the story of Ampad, a paper company in Indiana that closed a year after Bain Capital, then run by Romney, purchased the company. The video features interviews with employees who lost their jobs.
In response, Romney released his own video, highlighting the fact that Booker, a well-known Obama supporter, was uncomfortable with the president's position on Bain.
“It's nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough,” Booker said on NBC's Meet the Press. "Stop attacking private equity."
Romney's campaign is also using similar comments from other Democrats like former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) and former auto industry adviser Steve Rattner.
“Have you had enough of President Obama's attacks on free enterprise?" a narrator in the Romney video asks. "His own key supporters have.”
The Obama campaign has criticized Booker for making the comment. In turn, Booker said Republicans are “manipulating” his words.