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Republicans accuse Obama campaign of “dishonest cover-up”

May 22, 2012

The RNC is out with a new video accusing President Obama’s re-election team of covering up an attempt to pressure Newark Mayor Cory Booker into walking back his critique of their campaign tactics.

On Sunday, Booker told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he was “very uncomfortable with” some of the attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, a strategy he said he found “nauseating.” Within hours, Booker released a video on his YouTube page revising his remarks. “Mitt Romney has made his business record a centerpiece of his campaign,” he says in the video. “And therefore it is reasonable — and in fact I encourage it — for the Obama campaign to examine that record and discuss it.”

Today’s RNC video, titled “Dishonest Attacks, Dishonest Cover-up,” shows a clip of Obama campaign Press Secretary Ben LaBolt claiming that Booker was not asked to backtrack on his remarks, followed by a clip of Booker affirming that he had communicated with members of Obama’s campaign team after his “Meet the Press” interview.

Asked on CNN yesterday whether anyone in the Obama campaign “reached out to fix this,” LaBolt said Booker “released that video of his own volition…the campaign did not ask him to do so.”

A few hours later, Booker went on TV and explained that he had indeed spoken to Team Obama — although he didn’t say they explicitly asked him to “expand” on his comments:

“They had good conversations with me, and after having conversations with them — especially after hearing the president’s remarks on this issue — all of those things made me say, ‘I need to go on and clarify.’”

Watch the video, via the RNC:

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Wow what the GOP won’t do to get the Oval Office. The GOP congress won’t pas a jobs bill, lower student loans interest, they will cut the food stamp, medicaid and other CHILDREN benefits to build up the military for another war.

Posted by Susanbsbi | Report as abusive
 

Well, there is no doubt in my mind now that this guy puts party politics first, even above his own beliefs. I am definitely not voting for Barack Obama. But if he says or does something I agree with, I applaud him for saying it. If his opponent says or does something I don’t agree with, I criticize him for that. Then again, this is why I don’t belong to a political party.

Posted by killpack | Report as abusive
 

So – the Republicans are outraged that Obama “covered up” something that wasn’t even a crime?
That doesn’t make any sense – until you consider the fact that the GOP represents a LOT of racist groups. Once the racist factor is considered, the unfounded criticism is explained.

Posted by bvckvs | Report as abusive
 

you liberals always talk aboutthe raceism in the republican party idon’t see that. what i do seeis an all out assualt on the free enter prize system by the democrats.

Posted by dale56 | Report as abusive
 

LMAO… What “racist groups” does the GOP represent?

And after you make up another statement from thin air.. We can talk about the Documented DNC racist groups..

Posted by HypocriteLibby | Report as abusive
 

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