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05.20.12

Cory Booker on ‘Nauseating’ Attack Ads & More Sunday Talk (Video)

Attack ads nauseate Cory Booker, Pelosi predicts a dead-even election, and more.

Attack Ads Make Cory Booker Nauseous

Newark Mayor Cory Booker doesn’t have the stomach for politics. During an appearance on Meet the Press, the Obama surrogate passionately expressed his disapproval of both presidential campaigns using negative attack ads. “This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough,” Booker said. “Stop attacking private equity, stop attacking Jeremiah Wright, this stuff has got to stop.” Booker went on to call the campaign attacks a “distraction from real issues” and encouraged politicians to stop their bickering and get back to the topics Americans really care about. Right on!

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Boehner’s Got a Wheelbarrow Full of Frogs

After a National Journal article criticized John Boehner’s tenure as Speaker of the House, he sat down with This Week to set the record straight. “It’s hard to keep 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow long enough to get a bill passed,” Boehner said.  “If we weren’t trying to do big things on behalf of the country, my job would be a lot easier.” The Ohio congressman also shared his opinions about the presidential campaign and why Mitt Romney’s business experience makes him the right man for the White House. “His prescriptions for fixing our economy are a lot better than the president’s.”

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Pelosi on Election: ‘It Would Be Dead Even’

He said, she said. After John Boehner made his case for a Romney presidency, Nancy Pelosi was quick to back President Obama and his administration. “He has been a job creator from day one,” the ex-speaker said. “They [Republicans] have stood in the way of every job piece of legislation that would be significant.” When asked if the Democrats would win if the election were held today, the current House minority leader answered, “Yes I do,” before adding, “I think it would be dead even.”

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Axelrod on Romney’s Business Sense

A recent political ad from the Obama campaign calls Mitt Romney a “job destroyer” for his business practices while a partner at Bain Capital. On State of the Union, Obama adviser David Axelrod gave his justification for the spot. “[Romney] talks about being a businessman and hints that somehow the things he did there prepare him to lead the country and its economy,” Axelrod said. “The fact is that he wasn’t about job creation.”

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Ryan: Romney Will ‘Reignite’ America

There’s no argument that Mitt Romney was a successful businessman. However, there is much debate over his success as a politician. When Romney was governor of Massachusetts, the state ranked 47th in unemployment. Nevertheless, Paul Ryan defended Romney’s record on Fox News Sunday, citing the 40,000 jobs Romney added toward the end his term. “What we saw in Mitt Romney’s tenure as governor [is] job creation, economic growth, lower unemployment.” Ryan said. “We believe in reigniting the American ideal of an opportunity society.”

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McConnell to Obama: ‘Be an Adult’

Raise the roof—again! House Speaker John Boehner recently proposed raising the debt limit before the November elections. On Face the Nation, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell responded to Boehner’s suggestion and urged President Obama to get tough about debt. “At some point here, this president needs to become the adult,” McConnell said. “The Speaker and I have been the adults in the room arguing that we ought to do something about the nation’s most serious long-term problem.” When asked if the debt debate should happen before the election, McConnell replied, “We assume that will happen at the end of the year, early next year.”

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Is the Media Obsessed with Romney’s Religion?

Mitt Romney could be America’s first Mormon president—a fact that the media isn’t going to let voter forget any time soon. On Reliable Sources the panel discussed religion and the role it will play during the election. According to Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s John Avlon, the topic of religion is crucial to discuss, but should be approached with caution. “Traditionally whenever faith has entered conversations in politics it’s been at the hands of bigots who want to tear people down,” Avlon said. “So it’s a delicate subject, but it’s an important subject.”

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