Seeking to capitalize on a rift between President Obama and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, an adviser to Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that the problem with the president is that he has a “degree of enmity” toward those in the private sector.
“I think a lot of people agree with Democrats like Cory Booker who have described these attacks as 'nauseating,’ ” said Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior adviser to Romney, on Fox News.
On Sunday, Booker described the president’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital as “nauseating,” touching off a political shoving match as Republicans sought to exploit Booker's comments. Ultimately, the president himself weighed in from the podium at a press conference during the NATO summit in Chicago. The spat grew to the point that Booker's name became the No. 1 search term on Google for a period on Monday night.
“I think they revealed a degree of enmity that Barack Obama has toward risk takers and job creators in our society," Fehrnstrom said. "You can’t hate job creators but love jobs.”
He also defended Romney’s record at Bain, maintaining that he “invested in or helped start about 100 companies.”
Fehrnstrom added: “Occasionally they came in and took over a troubled company and tried to save it. Sometimes that didn't work out. That's the nature of free enterprise.” He also said that what Romney did at Bain was “not that different” from what Obama did with the bailout of U.S. automakers.
“They closed down factories, they had to let some employees go,” he said. “That's the nature of the free economy. GM today is more profitable because of the steps they took.”
The Bain attacks won't end anytime soon. On Tuesday, Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC, released a Web video featuring remarks of former GOP candidates Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Jon Huntsman critical of Romney's time at Bain.