The gang campaign that couldn’t shoot straight.

(Politico) — Less than 24 hours after Obama 2012 press secretary Ben LaBolt told CNN that the Obama campaign did not reach out to Cory Booker following his remarks on Meet The Press, the Newark Mayor went on MSNBC to confirm that he had, in fact, had “good conversations” with the Obama campaign before deciding to clarify his remarks in a YouTube video.

“I certainly did talk with campaign officials, but they didn’t force me to do anything,” Booker told Rachel Maddow last night. “They had good conversations with me, and after having good conversations with them. . . all of those things made me say, you know what, I need to go on and clarify.”

Booker’s admission to Maddow, like his initial criticism of the Obama campaign’s “nauseating” attack ads against Bain Capital, is once again a departure from the official line. Earlier yesterday, CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked LaBolt whether the campaign (or White House) had reached out to Booker, and La Bolt offered the opposite answer.

“Did anyone from the White House or the Obama 2012 campaign reach out to Booker, make him reel his words in?” Baldwin asked.

“We did not,” LaBolt said. “These are his own views in the video.”

Baldwin pressed again: “You’re telling me no one within the Obama 2012 campaign in any way reached out to Cory Booker to fix this?”

“He released that video of his own volition,” LaBolt said. “We did not ask him to do so. We did not, no.”

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