Newark mayor Cory Booker sent out a series of impassioned tweets Thursday evening in response to continuing fallout from his appearance on "Meet The Press" last Sunday, in which he expressed discomfort with the Obama campaign's strategy of attacking Mitt Romney over his career in private equity. "Sorry I make u sick," one tweet read. "And sorry I made a mistake. I'm sorry that 15 seconds on MTP erodes my 20 yrs of work in inner cities around our nation."
Sorry I make u sick. And sorry I made a mistake. I'm sorry that 15 seconds on MTP erodes my 20 yrs of work in inner cities around our nation— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 24, 2012
A second tweet struck a more reflective tone:
In the end we are all imperfect. Best we can do is learn from our mistakes, not let them stop u but make u stronger. As u continue to— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 24, 2012
Finally, Booker addressed the chasm between his opinions and the presidential campaign for which he is seen as a surrogate:
Honesty still needs to be expressed with care. RT @captkirc: Sad when being honest to the public is a considered to be a mistake.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 24, 2012
Booker told "Meet the Press" host David Gregory that he found President Obama's ads attacking Bain Capital, Romney's former company, "nauseating." Hours after the appearance, Booker backtracked, but Republicans quickly made him a campaign talking point. Many Democrats and left-leaning commentators also expressed outrage with Booker for breaking with the president.
Below, Obama surrogates to keep an eye on this election cycle.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell
Newark Mayor Cory Booker
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.)
Former President Bill Clinton