Booker Admits CBO Visit Was a Publicity Stunt

Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) admitted on Tuesday that his visit to the Congressional Budget Office was a publicity stunt.

Booker was talking with MSNBC host Chris Hayes about the senator's visit earlier in the day with Sens. Brian Schatz (D., Hawaii) and Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) to the CBO in order to obtain a copy of the Republican health care bill. There has been criticism of Republicans for not making the legislative debate more public.

Hayes asked Booker about the senators not obtaining the bill from the CBO, which is not allowed to hand out that material.

"Well, the folks at the CBO are incredible professionals who try desperately to resist the politics of the day and age," Booker said. "They actually aren't allowed to share it with us and we knew that going in. This was, in a sense, an attempt to draw attention to the absurd."

Booker claimed that the "absurd" was the Republicans still keeping the bill secret.