Booker Talks Paul Ryan, Biden 'Chains' Remark on Piers Morgan

Newark mayor throws full support behind Obama on Wednesday's CNN appearance

The national spotlight once again has fallen on Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who threw his full support Wednesday behind President Barack Obama during an appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight.

Booker, a Democrat and long-time supporter of Obama, backed the president's budget outline and stance on gun control during his 10-minute spot, saying the president's overarching plan "does not forget that America's got to remain competitive."

The mayor slammed Republicans Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney for supporting "draconian cuts that are going to affect seniors, children, innovation, research and development," and blamed Ryan, the House budget committee chairman, for the soaring federal deficit.

"Actually, I don't think so," Booker responded, after Morgan asked if Ryan poses a threat to Democrats in the upcoming election. "I think it really provides the American public with a very clear choice."

As the mayor of a city that's wracked with gun violence daily, Booker notably said he joins Obama in supporting second-amendment rights and sees no problem with law-abiding citizens who purchase guns legally.

"The overwhelming majority of the gun crimes in America are committed by criminals that obtain guns illegally," he said.

"The urgency that I live with is not any occasional horrific tragedy, it is a daily nightmare around America and we need to start talking about it," he said in response to Morgan's reference to the recent Aurora, Colo. and Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings.

When probed about Vice President Joe Biden's contentious "chains" remark he made Tuesday, Booker pointed the finger on a "media that becomes so much more obsessed with sound bites than substance." 

"(Romney) is going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street," Biden had said. "He is going to put y'all back in chains."

Calling Biden's speech "substantive" and pertaining to issues Booker's constituents care about, the mayor had a message dissenters:

"Please, I beg America, listen to the whole speech by the Vice President of America," he said. "Don't let the sound bites that the media is presenting to you affect your mind."

If anyone knows the ruckus a controversial political comment can cause, it's Booker, who earlier this week acknowledged the importance of word choice in light of his "Meet the Press" flap in May.

"I could have expressed the same idea in a way that could not have been used by the Republican Party and misconstrued as a direct attack on the president," he told The Wall Street Journal. "But the reality is that I stand by what I said. I’ve never been comfortable with the tone or tenor of negative campaigning."

At the time, Booker had openly criticized Obama campaign ads against Romney and private equity.

Booker, the co-chair of the who last week, does not have a speaking gig at next month's Democratic National Convention. The keynote speaker is San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro, The Wall Street Journal reported.

TruthbeTold August 16, 2012 at 01:41 PM
its funny how he is the beloved booker but in newark he is a Joke, if he worked half as hard as he is sucking up to Obama newark might be ok instead of the hell hole it is I mean on my block I have 13 abandoned buildings, a crack house and a stoken car ring that dumped 20 cars so far this year. But you wont see any of this in the news because it has nothing to do with getting Booker the spot light. Newark is an absolute Joke.......
Kelly Guerra August 16, 2012 at 01:56 PM
TruthbeTold...I agree with you completely! The picture Cory Booker paints on Facebook and Twitter is beautiful, but completely inaccurate! It doesn't take much research to see the reality that exists in Newark everyday! Hopefully, future NJ voters will do the proper vetting of Booker before promoting him to higher office; unfortunately, most Americans only listen to the self-indulgent media spin he constantly spews!
TruthbeTold August 16, 2012 at 03:01 PM
politics is mostly a popularity contest and its basically who is the face of the party and Democrats have chosen Hollywood because of his high profile " using things like twitter, #wavewire" and other media stunts to promote himself. Americans only know this and not the issues so I predict him being elevated to a higher position. Im not really concerned because fortunate for me I have no involvement with newark even though I live there. Its sad because if I believed newark was doing something positive I would definetly help and donate time and money to the cause. But I would rather give to places like Montclair because thats were I spend "MOST" of my time and call that my community more than Newark because of a lot of things but mostly because of the Booker aministration .ie, firing cops, no empsis on crime fighting, no help in "MY" neighborhood, his concern is down town and how to get investors to look at that, rewarding his supporters and firing those who work for him as scape goats, The list goes on and on. I think its time for a change in administration. Cory can go and we will not be contributing at all to any of his causes or reelection. Which my company has down mistakenly in the past
Kareema Jackson August 17, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Booker is madly desperate to get a speaking spot at the Democratic national convention. Booker is whining that he's been shut out of the Dem Convention spotlight. Get a clue, Cory. Team Obama is right to be cautious about Booker. He has an obsssessive need to be in front of a camera.
Kelly Guerra August 17, 2012 at 03:22 AM
These low profile speaking engagements don't convince me that Booker has mended fences with Obama! No matter how Booker tries to spin it, the President doesn't forget what was said and I think Obama may even view Booker as self-serving with his own dreams of running for President! The Obama campaign cut ties with Booker back in May as evidenced in the Democratic National Convention. How can a charismatic speaker and "rising star in the Democratic Party" not even have a speaking spot!?! For now, Booker has been re-assigned to what he does best - big money fundraisers as Obama's newest "bundler"!


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