Cory Booker Takes To Reddit To Talk Romney, Birtherism And The War On Drugs

The Newark mayor was the latest politician to participate in a Reddit AMA.

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker, whose prolific tweeting, superhero stunts, and candid but "off-message" comments have made him a familiar political face nationwide, dove into the free-wheeling world of Reddit Sunday, participating in a "Ask Me Anything" session with users of the site.

Reddit, a social news site that grabs more eyeballs monthly than many traditional news sites, has previously featured "Ask Me Anything" discussions with celebrities, comedians and even Congressmen Darrell Issa and Jared Polis.

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Hundreds of questions poured in for Booker Sunday, who answered 20 over the course of an hour.

The mayor of Newark, New Jersey was forthright, and often verbose, especially when responding to questions about his "off-message" comments in May. (Booker angered his party after he told Democrats to "stop attacking private equity" and Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital on a Meet the Press appearance.)

"I felt it important on Meet The Press to express...that all private equity isn't bad," Booker wrote on Reddit. "I will not be one of those people who vilifies or paints a broad brush on an entire industry."

Booker praised the Obama campaign's examination of Romney's private sector record, but said he objected to "people pivoting from a fair examination of the facts to misrepresentations of an industry or firm."

The mayor also reiterated his "disgust" with negative campaigning.

Booker fielded questions, too, on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ("I could write a dissertation on our disagreements"), the war on drugs ("it represents big overgrown government at its worst"), and comparisons between President Obama and himself ("He went to an elite highfalutin' law school...I went to a gritty, inner city, law school.)

And Booker joked with users, even making a crack about birtherism, saying he was born in D.C. in 1969 and "given the challenges inside the beltway in those days, I don't think they will be able to find my birth certificate."

Read Booker's full "Ask Me Anything" at Reddit.

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