WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Newark Mayor Cory Booker took to Twitter to respond to his critics who went after him over comments he made Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when he called President Obama’s campaign attack ads on Mitt Romney’s tenure at private equity firm Bain Capital “nauseating.”

“Sorry I make u sick,” Booker tweeted Thursday night. “And sorry I made a mistake. I’m sorry that 15 seconds on MTP erodes my 20 yrs of work in inner cities around our nation.”

Booker continued, “In the end we are all imperfect. Best we can do is learn from our mistakes, not let them stop u but make u stronger.”

Booker’s comments forced the president’s campaign into damage-control mode. It didn’t take long for Republicans to highlight the comment and for the Democratic mayor to try to clean up the mess he caused by releasing a YouTube video later Sunday in which he said it was fair for Obama to make Romney’s business record a campaign issue.

Obama weighed in Monday as the dust-up lit up social network sites, calling Booker an “outstanding mayor” but insisting he would continue to talk about Romney’s experience at Bain Capital.

“It’s important to recognize this issue is not a distraction,” the president said. “It’s part of the debate we are having in this election.”

Booker’s effort to soften the blow of his comments Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” didn’t seem to satisfy Obama’s team. Campaign strategist David Axelrod told MSNBC a day later that Booker was wrong and Romney’s experience at Bain “speaks to an economic theory that isn’t the right economic theory for the country.”

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