WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he won't apologize to Mitt Romney over an aide's comment about the Republican presidential candidate's time at Bain Capital.
Romney demanded an apology last week after an Obama campaign adviser said Romney could face a felony charge if he made false filings to a government regulator about how long he was in charge of the firm.
In an interview taped yesterday with WAVY-TV in Virginia, Obama said, "We will not apologize."
The Obama campaign is raising questions about whether Romney was at the helm of the private equity firm he founded longer than he has said, during a period when it sent jobs overseas. Romney says he had no active role in Bain once he became head of the Salt Lake City Olympic Games in early 1999.
On CNN's "State of the Union," Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie accused the Obama campaign of saying or doing "anything to keep the highest office in the land, even if it means demeaning the highest office in the land."
He said Romney did five interviews with cable and network news shows Friday so people would know "he's not a felon."
134-w-36-(Shelley Adler, AP correspondent with Deputy manager of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign Stephanie Cutter and Kevin Madden, adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign)--The debate over when Mitt Romney left Bain Capital continued on the Sunday talk shows. AP correspondent Shelley Adler reports. (15 Jul 2012)
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116-a-10-(Kevin Madder, adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, in interview)-"to pursue it"-Adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign Kevin Madder criticizes those who say Romney told "a lie" about when he was in charge of Bain. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (15 Jul 2012)
<<CUT *116 (07/15/12)>> 00:10 "to pursue it"
115-a-09-(Stephanie Cutter, deputy manager of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, in interview)-"just about that"-Deputy manager of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign Stephanie Cutter says Republican candidate Mitt Romney should just release the tax documents she thinks the public has a right to see. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (15 Jul 2012)
<<CUT *115 (07/15/12)>> 00:09 "just about that"
108-a-10-(Ed Gillespie, advisor, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign, in interview)-"reckless baseless charges"-Mitt Romney campaign advisor Ed Gillespie says President Barack Obama's campaign is just grasping at straws when it accuses Romney of sending jobs overseas. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet the Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (15 Jul 2012)
<<CUT *108 (07/15/12)>> 00:10 "reckless baseless charges"