May 7th, 2012
04:27 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney ignores 'treason' comment from questioner

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?"

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. BW42

    "I don't correct all of the questions that get asked of me."

    It wasn't a question, it was a statement. At least John McCain had the decency to defend Obama in 2008 when someone said stuff like this.

    May 7, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Mitt Romney has had several excellent opportunities to show what a decent man he is and to show that he has dignity and honor but he has let them go by. This was an opportunity for him to have a little courage and correct a statement made in his presence that he knew was false which is happening too often with him. When the college girl was jumped on so crassly by that Fox bowhard and Romney could have has the decency to admonish him....but he didn't. This man is out there for himself and let the rest be damned. That is the very kind of president he would make and we'd be sorry we voted for him and why I wouldn't!!!

    May 7, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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