Romney and staff lose cool with AP reporter during interview

Very slippery interview Romney did with a bunch of reporters in South Carolina in which he told them that he doesn’t have lobbyists running his campaign. An AP reporter then named a lobbyist who was even in meetings helping prepare Romney for the debates. Romney then gets huffy and says that the lobbyist isn’t his campaign manager, so that means he doesn’t “run” his campaign. Uh ok. So Romney has lobbyists running his campaign, they just don’t “run” his campaign. This is slippery as hell of Romney. But perhaps the best part is at the end where Romney’s staff scolds the AP reporter for being “argumentative with the candidate.” First off, “the candidate”? What is he, God now? We can’t call him Mitt or Romney – no, it’s “the candidate.” Secondly, don’t get argumentative? Uh, reporters are now not allowed to challenge presidential candidates on their lies? Maybe it’s a Mormon thing.

TIME explains Romney’s lie:

Republican Mitt Romney said Thursday he could govern in the country’s best interest because ”I don’t have lobbyists running my campaign,” although Washington insiders are on his senior staff and registered lobbyists are top advisers.

One of them, Ron Kaufman, chairman of the Washington-based Dutko Group, regularly sits across the aisle from Romney on his campaign plane, participates in debate strategy sessions and just last week accompanied Romney to a lunch in Myrtle Beach with Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

Another adviser, former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., is chairman of Romney’s policy committee. He also is chief executive officer of Clark & Weinstock, and his corporate biography says he ”provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.”

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