July 15th, 2012
09:10 AM ET
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Romney adviser: Obama will 'say anything' to keep job

Washington (CNN) – A top adviser to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Sunday that recent allegations coming from rivals in President Barack Obama's campaign were debasing the office of the presidency.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie said the GOP candidate scheduled five interviews with major broadcasters on Friday to clear his name, after an Obama campaign official suggested he had committed a felony by listing himself as CEO of Bain Capital when he no longer carried leadership responsibilities at the private equity firm.

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"There were questions that Gov. Romney wanted to address, and make sure people understood that he's not a felon," Gillespie told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley. "That's what this campaign, on the Obama side, was reduced to. And it's sad to see."

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter charged in a conference call with reporters this week that Romney "through his own words and his own signature was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony," or was otherwise "misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments."

Romney himself said in an interview with CNN on Friday that charge was "disgusting" and "demeaning," and called on Obama and his campaign to apologize.

"It's something which I think the president should take responsibility for and stop," Romney told CNN national political correspondent Jim Acosta.

On Sunday, Gillespie echoed that sentiment, saying the charges reflected a "say anything" stance adopted by the president's campaign.

"We now know that this president will say anything to keep this highest office in the land, even if it means demeaning the highest office in the land," Gillespie said.

Calls by Democrats for Romney to release additional tax returns, Gillespie said, were distracting from an important conversation about how to increase the number of middle-class jobs in America.

"We're putting out there his tax returns, more than is required by the law," Gillespie said. "The reason we're talking about these things is because he put those tax records out there, the blind trust and some of those accounts. The fact is the American people are very concerned about, 'How am I going to get a job?'"

Romney released tax return information from 2010 and has vowed to release his 2011 information when it's completed by his accountant. Democrats, however, are pushing the GOP candidate to release more years of documents, claiming the additional disclosure will answer questions about Romney's offshore investments in places considered to be tax havens like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Switzerland.

Asked for an update on the search for Romney's running mate, Gillespie refused to divulge any new details, including on the timing of the announcement.

"He's narrowing the list, but I'm not going to betray any confidences," Gillespie said.

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  1. 2020

    “The Respondent remained actively employed at Bain Capital until January 1, 1999, at which time he left to take the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.” – Mass Panel ruled.

    Romney denied he has anything to do with Bain 1999-2002 the period factories were closed, jobs shipped to China.



    Ed Gillespie sounded like chuck olson

    July 15, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. s

    Oh and mittens won't

    July 15, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Greg C

    So why did Obama claim executive privilege on fast and furious again?

    July 15, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. mk1

    And it was proven time and again that Romney would say anything to win the White House. So, what is the big deal.

    July 15, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Teleprompter No Spin Zone

    Obama now needs two teleprompters so he can speak out of both sides of his mouth at the same time. As he rags on Bain, Obama's chief fund raiser is the current CEO of Bain – hypocrit. As unemployment stays about 8% fo 42 straight months, Obama has the gall to point fingers at the stellar job creation career of romney - Obama is disgracing the Office of the President - his kegacy will be shame and failure. IT is almost pitiful watching Obama and his staff grovel in the muck trying to hold onto his job - pitiful and shameful

    July 15, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. LoLo

    The republican party is full of hypocrits. All they want is a puppet and Rpmney is there man. Also quit blaming President Obama for the mess we are in, The do nothing congress and Dubya are the culprits, and they are the ones who will say or do anything for their party to win.They act so patriotic, but will not mention who got rid of Osama. President Odama is letting then know that he is not taking their BS anymore. He tried to do the right thing with the repiblicans, but they kept slapping his hand away now they will pay the price for caring only about party. Obama is the only one who can be trusted to move America forward. Mittens just wants to be president to help himself and his rich buddies get richer. He is hidding something that is for sure. They are buying the white house for Mittens and America is not taking it laying down. We must make sure that Romney does not win the white house. As we blog they are trampling on all rights for the American people under the deguise of so called Christians. They talk of government being in our private lives to much and they are using every trick in the book to do the opposie.The Republican/TP party is full of nothing but frauds, liars and racists. Obama gave them enough rope to choke themselves and their true colors have been exposed.Repoblicans, don't hate the player, hate the game. You have been exposed and I Hope that Romney is exposed more. He neds to realize that because you are rich it does not mean that you can run over people to get your way. He acts just like a bully and he is a bully now just like in high school. He can dish it out, buy becomes a rich wimp when the tables are turned around on him. There is no way this man Romney should be president of the United States.

    July 15, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    @ Greg C
    Unemployment rate is high, Obama from Chicago and his friends are bad Yes we know that
    What we don’t know is what is Romney’s plans to fix the problems ? Yes he talks about his 59 plans and we read but those are almost similar to G.W.Bush . We been there we don’t want go again
    At least Obama’s plans are on right direction , I agree its very slow

    July 15, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. jwest

    romney is not being honest with the american public. and its going to catch up to him one day soon.

    July 15, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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