UPDATE: On the ropeline after the event, Romney did say he “of course” did not agree that Obama should be tried for treason. He later told CNN that he doesn’t “correct all the questions that get asked of me.” That’s a pretty big one.
This is Mitt Romney’s first awkward, cringeworthy moment of the general campaign. Romney simply refused to dispute a suggestion from a supporter during an Ohio town hall that Barack Obama should be tried for treason, according to BuzzFeed.
A female supporter said Obama was operating “outside” of the Constitution, and then said, to applause, that “I do believe he should be tried for treason.”
Romney then let the woman clarify what she was specifically referring to with the comment. She responded by saying it was of the Secret Service’s restriction of rights to protest.
“I will be happy to look at what he has done about the Secret Service with respect to protests,” Romney said, according to Talking Points Memo.
This brings back memories to those times when John McCain was confronted with similarly touchy situations. Like one in which he refused to denounce shouts that Obama was a “terrorist.” In October 2008, he did push back against a woman who said Obama was “an Arab.”
Brad Woodhouse, the Democratic Party’s communications director, tweeted this:
(Video via Think Progress)
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