Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, prominent Democrat, enlisted as a surrogate for Obama’s campaign, ended up criticizing the Obama campaign yesterday for attacking Romney’s work at Bain Capital. Cory Booker was on Meet the Depressed. He made his comments in response to a TV advertisement of Obama’s campaign that was unveiled last week. It portrays Romney as somebody who eliminated jobs for the sake of profits during his years running Bain Capital, but during the period of time the Obama ad criticizes Bain, Romney wasn’t there. And by the way, Bain Capital didn’t go into business to create jobs anyway. That’s not what private equity does.
Johnson of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, he did not go into business to create jobs and to provide health care for his employees. He went into business to sell products. And it turned out that he needed employees to make that happen, and it grew, and he needed more employees, and they needed health care. And this is the point basically Booker said. We’ve got here the roundtable, and Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, Jim Cramer of CNBC, and they’re having this discussion of the ad and Obama’s attack ad on Romney. And David Gregory, the host, says, “Mayor Booker, Governor Romney says that this is character assassination, not about economic record. It’s about saying he’s a bad guy.”