(CNN) – While the campaign did not deny the restriction was given, a spokesman for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign pushed back Thursday against a report that a television reporter was instructed not to ask Romney certain questions in an interview.
In response to the charge, a Romney campaign official told CNN, "This is not how we operate. The matter is being addressed."
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The reporter, Shaun Boyd of CNN affiliate KCNC in Denver, Colorado, said she conducted a five-minute interview with Romney earlier Thursday. The station's news director, Tim Wieland, told CNN that the Romney campaign offered the interview but said the candidate would not discuss abortion or Rep. Todd Akin, whose controversial comments landed him - and his party's stance on abortion - in the spotlight.
"The one stipulation to the interview was that I not ask him about abortion or Todd Akin," Boyd said in her report. "He's the Missouri Republican who created a firestorm after saying women's shut down in a legitimate rape to prevent pregnancy. I did ask him about health care, the female vote, and energy."
Romney was in New Mexico on Thursday and delivered a speech on energy.
Video from the interview was posted on the station's website and highlighted in an email to reporters from President Barack Obama's campaign.
– CNN's Jim Acosta, Adam Blaker, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report