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-- coming under fire for how it's handled overtures to some democratic candidates they're accused of trying to get some of them to stay out of the way.
So that the candidates endorsed by the White House would have a clear shot at the primaries.
The latest case comes from Colorado a top White House official reached out of former Colorado house speaker -- -- -- To -- -- -- in an administration job instead of running against senator Michael -- in the democratic primary.
Press secretary Robert Gibbs defended the move at a briefing yesterday take a listen.
I think the leaders of parties have long had.
An interest in ensuring.
That supporters didn't run against each other and contested primaries.
That's what that's what was done in this in this case.
Let's hear from -- Romanov himself democratic candidate joining us live from Colorado good to see speaker.
You in the White House both content add that there was no offering no actual job offer here but the one email we've -- that's been released from.
The White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina.
It includes very specific descriptions of three different jobs.
If that wasn't part of an offer what was.
And -- -- that question and let me lay out the facts last September.
2009 I received a call as -- said from Jim Messina the deputy chief of staff.
He informed me that the president would support my opponent in this race senator Bennett.
I told mr.
Messina that I had decided to run for the Senate nonetheless.
He told me that there might be positions available to me were -- not pursuing the Senate -- and emailed me the descriptions of those jobs that you just mentioned.
I told him that I would not change course and that's the last time I talked with mr.
Pacino or anyone else from the White House about this matter.
So if somebody did that to me and sent me that email.
I most likely would perceive that potentially as an offer these at the feet three things that are out there.
I ask you again why is that not part of a job offer but at least a precursor to what.
What -- speak clearly this -- said in the statement that we released on Wednesday.
-- told me specifically that he could not guarantee my appointment to any of those positions he did not promise me a job and I did not seek his help.
In obtaining a job.
Did you find -- I -- is to represent.
I think it's the best thing I can do is still lay out the facts and the -- that -- seeking as it started assays.
To represent the people of Colorado in the United States senate listen to facilitate here intolerance brings it across the state.
Want to know what I'm gonna do to help them get a job.
I think the really important issues that we -- -- focus on this campaign.
I wanna put up on the screen this -- from -- -- powers is a Fox News political analysts in her column today she's also a Democrat and this is what she wrote quote.
The White House is reasoning is migraine inducing it insists it didn't offer job but also that the president has an interest in influencing party primaries.
But if the president wasn't offering -- job than what was he doing to prevent a primary contest.
He was offering a job stop insulting our intelligence that not everybody believes that there wasn't an offer.
Being made there -- respond.
Well number of folks had an interest in preventing me from seeking in this senate seat.
The National Democratic Party has made no secret of its distaste for this primary challenge that I amounting or for that matter the primaries that are unfolding.
In Arkansas and the primary that occurred in Pennsylvania.
It's pretty clear that the people of those states just like the people of Colorado want to make up their own minds and I think that's appropriate this decision rests not in Washington.
But here it in Colorado.
I you know I have to tell you that some lawyers look at this and say there's -- potential that something actually was done here against the law.
I it it may depend on where Jim Messina was.
When he contacted you.
Where was he and was -- a personal email it's redacted on the email that was released was it it professionally email what can you tell us about communications.
Sure they email itself came from though White House account I can't tell you where mr.
Messina was at the time of that.
Conversation we had I can't tell you that.
The conversation we had made no difference.
To me in my decision to seek the seat.
I'm running because I believe the Senate the United States is not the filling the interests of ordinary coloradans are ordinary Americans it has been.
Hijacked by the special interest that subsidized senate campaigns and that's a big problem and it's one -- to fix.
Speaker where were you when you received at the conversations were you at home in the state of Colorado.
-- I was in Denver.
-- even if them even if the law hasn't been violated and some would say the fact that he was using his professional his political email to do this -- -- the possibility it could have been.
Critics still are not comfortable with this pattern of wanting to control the White House seemingly any -- wanting to control who wants basically.
Denying the voters a choice.
Are you comfortable with that.
Let me -- -- few things that I guess that question I respect the president I support the president I look forward to working with the president when I'm elected to the US senate.
-- -- all due respect I will say this.
Decisions like who -- to represent a state like ours in the US senate should be made by the people of Colorado and will be made by the people Colorado.
The good news is despite the avalanche of corporate cash that's flowed into our opponent's campaign from insurance companies and drug companies and big Wall Street banks were winning.
We -- the state convention just two weeks ago by 21 points that tells me that a lot of -- -- are intent on changing the way congress works and Selma.
With these conversations speaker is it possible in your mind that a law they haven't been violated here and if -- answer is no what's the defense.
You know that the best thing for me to do I believe is to lay out the facts and that's exactly.
What I've done and mr.
-- indicated as -- said earlier that three positions might be available to me where -- not pursuing.
The Senate race I told him that I would not change course reiterated my commitment to run for the Senate that's where I am right now -- what I intend to do.
And you were comfortable with those conversations you had with him it crystal where they all on email.
Who had one conversation and he sent me one even.
In your comfortable we and that they sell and they added that no laws were broken everything was on the up and up there.
As -- said.
machine is conversation or overture to me.
Make no difference in my decision to run what I am comfortable and confident in telling you is.
-- we will win this race.
By appealing to ordinary coloradans and putting their interests front and center that's why we're here cars brings by the way to learn more about a program to provide care for elderly and disabled coloradans success stories like these -- -- -- at least as much attention.
In -- national present and I hope that will be able to capture that attention over the next five months to.
And you're -- democratic Saturday at candidate for the US senate.
Out of the state of Colorado we appreciate your time today thanks.
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