Cleveland (CNN) – In Ohio Monday Mitt Romney fielded a question from a woman who, during the course of her remarks, accused President Barack Obama of treason.
During a town hall in Cleveland, the questioner asked the presumptive Republican presidential nominee how he would restore balance between the three branches of the federal government and also said Obama "should be tried for treason."
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Romney responded to her question saying he would "respect the different branches of government if I'm fortunate enough to become president" but did not acknowledge the "treason" portion of her question.
However, after the event, Romney told CNN he did not agree with the woman's comments.
When asked why he did not correct her, Romney said "I answered the question … I don't correct all of the questions that get asked of me."
"Obviously I don't agree that he should be tried," he added.
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign said the interaction was evidence of "Romney's version of leadership: standing by silently."
"Time after time in this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so," campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement. "If this is the 'leadership' he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?"