Thursday, May 17, 2012

Romney Camp Tries to Block Mitt from the Pain of Bain


Chris Matthews on Hardball made the point today that Romney's company "Bain," rhymes with "Pain."

Perhaps that explains somewhat why the Romney Campaign tried to block reporters from access to the candidate today in Florida.


Reporters were told before the event that Romney wouldn't be taking questions. Regardless, after a speech today in St. Petersburg, Fla., a group of reporters and network embeds set off to the rope line.
First, a volunteer tried to block the path from the press area to where the crowd was assembled. Then a campaign staffer tasked with press relations stood arms spread trying to block reporters, informing them they couldn't walk into the general crowd area.
When reporters ignored her and kept going, she continued to argue that they wouldn't be allowed to shout questions. Her orders went unheeded and the press eventually made it to the line.
Reporters shouted, but over the crowd and the sound system with Romney flanked by Secret Service agents, it wasn't even clear that he could hear them.

A Romney spokesperson tried some damage control about the reporter block:
"This was an error on the part of the campaign staff and volunteers," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told POLITICO's Dylan Byers. "We have reminded them that press is allowed on the rope line to record the governor’s interactions with voters."

Yeah, that's good - a Free Press, and all that. Oy vey! Not good PR for Romney!

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