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Obama campaign milking Allen West's 'communist' remark

Wolf Blitzer today asked a top Mitt Romney adviser if Romney would condemn remarks by Rep. Allen West that many House Democrats are communists.

Feverishly, the Obama campaign pounced.

"One week after fundraising alongside birther-in-chief Donald Trump, Mitt Romney and his campaign now refuse to denounce GOP Rep. Allen West for alleging that “about 78 to 81” Democratic members of Congress are members of the Communist Party," the Obama campaign said. "All of this begs the question - does Mitt Romney have the courage to stand up to anyone?"

That's a stretch.

Sure, adviser Eric Fehrnstrom danced a bit, saying Romney was focused on jobs. But Fehrnstrom also said, "(Romney) doesn't agree with the sentiment expressed by Allen West, but we're not going to get bogged down by what other people are saying."

[Last modified: Thursday, June 7, 2012 7:23pm]


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