Obama Camp Responds To Video Flap, Weakly…

Stephanie Cutter, a spokesperson for President Obama’s campaign, is demanding that the Romney campaign say it was irresponsible for the media to accurately cover a never before seen Obama speech from 2007. On CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien she said:

O’BRIEN: And this final seconds that I have. FOX News ran a clip of the president’s speech from 2007 where the president was talking about racial discontent and hopelessness because of poverty.

Sean Hannity said these are controversial things that the media never reported on. That’s a quote. And, of course, we and other media covered that speech and Brit Hume at FOX did, too.

CUTTER: Right.

O’BRIEN: The Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul put out a statement and she said, they, quote, “didn’t have any involvement” in disseminating that 2007 video, very old story coming back.

Who do you think is responsible for that?

CUTTER: Well, I think allies to Mitt Romney are responsible and I think the Romney campaign should stand up and do the right thing and say it was irresponsible to do something like that, particularly on the eve of the debate. And it was apparent what they were trying to do. Mitt Romney has been taking heat for weeks now for his secret comments behind closed doors with his wealthy donors that he didn’t care about half of this country.

Their answer for that is to put out an already public released speech that the president gave five years ago where he was talking about the reaction to hurricane Katrina and the inadequate reaction to hurricane Katrina. You know, it’s an interesting strategy by Mitt Romney and his allies that they want to defend the Bush administration response.

O’BRIEN: So, it sounds like you’re saying he’s responsible.

CUTTER: It’s a weird strategy.

O’BRIEN: So, you sound like you’re saying that Mitt Romney —

CUTTER: No.

O’BRIEN: No?

CUTTER: I don’t — I don’t — I’m not saying Mitt Romney is responsible. I’m not saying the Romney campaign is responsible. I do think it’s allies to that campaign and I think that Mitt Romney has an opportunity to stand up and say it was wrong.

O’Brien, who gets her show prep material from Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos, couldn’t be bothered to asked the obvious question of Cutter, that if it was OK for the Obama campaign to use hidden camera footage of Romney in their advertising, how could they protest anyone using actual campaign speech footage of Obama?

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