May 21, 2012 7:15 AM GMT
On Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Newark, N.J. Democratic Mayor Cory Booker pushed back at efforts by President Barack Obama’s campaign to malign former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the time he spent at Bain Capital.
Booker first suggested that the Obama campaign needed to avoid letting others define what his presidency has accomplished. However, the attacks on Romney for his time as head of Bain Capital, he said, made him “uncomfortable.”
“[A]s far as that stuff, I have to say from a very personal level, I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,” Booker said. “It’s just, to me, we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America. Especially, I know — I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of the record of Bain Capital, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses. This, to me, I’m very uncomfortable with.”