RNC accuses Obama campaign of lying about Booker

Talk Radio News Service

The Republican National Committee released a new web video Tuesday accusing President Obama’s campaign of covering up efforts to force Cory Booker to walk back his criticism of Democratic attacks on Mitt Romney.

Booker, an Obama surrogate who serves as Mayor of Newark, N.J., made headlines on Sunday when he slammed the Obama camp during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” Booker said that the Democrats’ decision to go after Romney’s past experience as the CEO of a large private equity firm was “nauseating” to him.

“Stop attacking private equity,” he added.

The following the day, Booker appeared on MSNBC to say that the president’s campaign urged him to “clarify” his position. He said that the campaign told him that its attacks against Romney were based on the GOP candidate’s argument that his firm, Bain Capital, helped create thousands of jobs. Booker stated that he would support Democratic attempts to question Romney in that context.

In its new video, called “Dishonest Attacks, Dishonest Cover-up,” the RNC mashes up Booker’s claim that he was approached by campaign officials with Obama’s top campaign spokesman, Ben LaBolt, who denied any involvement with Booker’s decision to essentially reverse his original comment.