Democrats and Republicans both believe they got the upper hand in the kerfuffle over Cory Booker's criticism of attacks on Bain Capital.
The perpetual outrage machine of the 2012 campaign alit Monday on Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who said on Meet the Press on Sunday that he found the negativity of the campaign "nauseating," including his own party's attacks on Romney's past work in private equity.
As Booker partially backtracked, the Obama campaign declined to let up on the issue, holding a conference call to push the story of yet another company Bain Capital took over and profited from while laying off workers and eventually driving it into bankruptcy. Republicans, meanwhile, attempted to use Booker's words as validation for their claim that Obama is attacking capitalism, with the Romney campaign swiftly rolling out a web video decrying "President Obama's attacks on free enterprise" and featuring Booker.
By the end of the day, the president himself had weighed in, calling the Bain issue "part of the debate that we're going to be having in this election campaign about how do we create an economy where everybody from top to bottom, folks on Wall Street and folks on Main Street, have a shot at success."