Obama takes WH press corps questions after long evasion
Defends attacks made by his campaign
- Duration 3:32
- Date Aug 20, 2012
Defends attacks made by his campaign
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-- good evening I'm John Roberts in for Brett -- tonight -- a new report of bitterness and infighting in his reelection campaign President Obama today took questions from the men and women who cover him each and every day something that he had not done.
And a long time.
Our chief White House correspondent Ed Henry tells us what the president -- Tell me that you guys have been missing.
For the first time in eight weeks President Obama -- the white house press corps and insisted he's not running a negative campaign but we don't brought about.
-- the president sharply denied his team ever called Mitt Romney a felon.
Or suggested the Republican is hiding something improper it is tax returns.
Nobody accused mr.
Romney being a hell there's a different story -- -- -- its rules and doing something of legal and and no way of we've suggested.
In fact the president's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter suggested weeks ago.
Romney may have committed a felony over his exit from Bain Capital.
Either Mitt Romney threw his own words and his own signature.
His position at -- to the SEC when -- they felony.
Four he was misrepresenting.
His position -- saying to the American people.
And as late as yesterday on FOX News Sunday Mitt Romney is a highly educated man.
And he is clearly made.
A decision that one is in those tax returns is far more damaging to him.
Then to do what.
Every presidential candidate has done which is show the American people your personal finances as for the so called cancer -- suggesting Romney had something to do with the death of a laid off steel worker's wife I don't think Mitt Romney understands.
We're used to hundred people's lives -- three weeks after it surfaced the president became the first person in his orbit to say you'd.
I don't think the governor Romney -- -- are responsible for.
The death of the woman that was portrait that.
But keep in mind this is -- mad that I didn't put the pre approved I did not produce and to destroy blood -- -- all has barely run.
Although it has been all over new shows and has gotten heavy traffic on line.
The president would not denounce that -- instead hammering Romney for a welfare -- from earlier this month.
That has gotten three put Tokyo's from the Washington Post which they can run the campaign that they want -- But but the truth of the matter is.
You can't just make stuff up.
That's when things you learn as president of the United States earlier in the day Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan claimed the president is the one not telling the truth about his record.
This -- the third president I've served with.
And I have never seen such bitter partisan rhetoric like the kind we have today.
Meanwhile -- new e-book by political claims the president has a personal hatred for Romney.
Though aides say the differences are just over policy I can tell you that I.
Never heard the president express.
Anything like that the book also alleges infighting among top advisors though the Obama campaign in Chicago fire back quote.
This is a patchwork of hearsay distortions and outright falsehoods if -- were actually print it would belong in the fiction section.
Now the book also claims it DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has seen her stock plummet inside the White House and at the Obama camp.
Because they both believe that she comes across as too partisan when asked Jay -- about that.
He gave her a vote of confidence -- interesting day at the White House today Ed Henry covering it for us tonight at thanks.