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    Newark Mayor Cory Booker has the right to disagree with Obama

    So what if Newark Mayor Cory Booker went off message?

    On “Meet the Press” Sunday, Booker, a supporter of President Obama’s reelection bid, took issue with a recent Obama ad criticizing Mitt Romney’s record at the private-equity firm Bain Capital. In truth, open debate on the issue shouldn’t make Booker “uncomfortable,” as he put it. A key question in this election is whether leveraged buyouts, as practiced by Bain Capital and other companies, tend to produce job growth and efficiency, or layoffs and weakened companies. And even if that question weren’t so important, Romney was the central architect of Bain Capital; it’s the greatest part of his life’s work. It’s hard to imagine an opposing campaign that wouldn’t scrutinize the firm closely, as Romney’s Republican rivals did.

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