President Barack Obama briefly waded into campaign politics at the tail end of the NATO Summit in Chicago Monday, emphasizing that his reelection efforts’ focus on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital are fair game.
“If you’re main argument for how to grow the economy is ‘I knew how to make a lot of money for investors’ then you’re missing what this job is about,” Obama said during a news conference.
Obama added that the issue was not a “distraction” since it highlights issues voters will have to consider this fall.
The question comes the day after Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat and Obama campaign surrogate, expressed frustration with the campaign’s focus on Bain.
Obama noted that Booker, who later backpedaled on the statement, was “an outstanding mayor.”