Cory Booker Continues to Feel the "Bain" of Mitt Romney’s Experience

The Newark mayor says he's feeling "used" by the GOP and "fit to be tied."

Posted: 05/22/2012 11:30 AM EDT

If Cory Booker was feeling “nauseated” before by the campaign tones of both President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, he must be really sick now.

After his now famous gaffe on Sunday in which he slammed the Obama campaign’s attacks on Romney’s record at the private equity firm Bain Capital, the Newark, New Jersey, mayor continues to top the news and is now part of a Republican Party slogan being pushed by both the Republican National Committee and the Romney campaign: "I Stand With Cory." The RNC also bought ads on Twitter to promote the hook.

"Here they are plucking sound bites out of [the Meet The Press] interview to manipulate them in a cynical manner, to use them for their own purposes,” he said Monday night in an interview on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. "That slogan had me and my entire staff really fit to be tied.”

Booker, who has served as an Obama campaign surrogate spokesman, attempted to get back on script by stating that Romney’s claim of being a “job creator” should be explored and that he will “defend” and “echo” the president on this issue.

He also said that the furor that has resulted from his Meet the Press appearance has him feeling more energized.

"You're going to hear a lot from me to the extent possible, and to the extent that President Obama and his campaign want to hear from me," he said.


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