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Cory Booker: Have the Democrats figured out how to respond?

Team Romney is trying to milk the rogue comments by Obama ally Cory Booker for all they're worth. But Obama's press conference in Chicago has given his own team some ammunition.

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Vice President Joe Biden also repeated Obama’s talking points at a campaign event Tuesday in Keene, N.H. – throwing in a little Bidenism for good measure.

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"I’m not criticizing private equity firms," Mr. Biden said. "But I'm suggesting the people who run them, the same quality and objective of running a private equity firm is not what qualifies you to be president."

Then Biden likened Romney to a plumber. Being a "private equity guy ... no more qualifies you to be president than being a plumber," Biden said, according to Politico. "And, by the way, there are a lot of awful smart plumbers."

"All kidding aside, it’s not the same job requirement," he continued, just making clear the plumber thing was a joke. 

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee is doing all it can to keep the Booker-Bain flap alive as long as possible. By the RNC’s count, the ranks of Democrats making disparaging comments about Obama’s anti-Bain ads is "six and counting," including Booker, Warner, and Rendell. Also on the list are former Rep. Harold Ford (D) of Tennessee, former Obama "car czar" Steve Rattner, and Obama fundraiser Don Peebles.

"I think it’s difficult to attack or demonize an industry and then take money from it," Mr. Peebles, a Miami real estate investor, said in a May 15 Buzzfeed article.

The RNC also released a web video trying to make hay out of conflicting statements over whether Booker had been contacted by the Obama campaign about his off-message comments.

One person who hasn’t been heard from in the Booker-Bain flap is Jonathan Lavine, a current Bain executive (and co-owner of the Boston Celtics) who is also one of Obama’s top fundraisers. Mr. Lavine served for a time on the board of Bain-owned Ampad, the company that took over the Marion, Ind., office-supply factory that eventually went bankrupt - and was featured in an Obama ad attacking Romney.

"Jonathan Lavine was not at Bain Capital when Ampad was acquired by the firm, and was not involved [in] the investment during the challenging situation at the Marion plant," said Alex Stanton, a spokesman for Bain Capital, in a statement to ABC News.


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