As Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama head to Iowa, there is lots of handwringing over Obama’s request to stay off-the-record with the Des Moines Register.
Also, Benghazi moves back to the center of campaign focus, a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden will hit just in time for the election and building anticipation, angst, and everything in between about Donald Trump’s big noon announcement — via social media — of the mysterious "October surprise."
From former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer:
“Unthinkable: Trump breaks real, hard news and MSM has to chase it. I'm no Trump fan, but it wld b fun 2c media's head xplode”
Columnist S.E. Cupp:
“Anyone else dreading having to address the Trump story tomorrow? I am. Whatever it is.”
Breitbart News editor-in-chief John Nolte:
“Donald Trump should consider holding off tomorrow. He could step on this Libya email story.”
Liberal commentator Donna Brazile:
“Oh, please don't forget to watch Donald Trump revive some lie or make believe stuff today. Again, let's us focus on turnout.”
The Des Moines Register, “paper of record in the all-important battleground state of Iowa,” penned an editorial “exposing President Barack Obama's refusal to address their editorial board on the record,” according to Politico.
Josh Gerstein of Politico tweeted a solid observation:
“Unforced pre-election error demonstrates how Obama team never took transparency talk to heart, default still secrecy”
Dylan Byers of Politico, who wrote the story, weighed in with the Republican National Committee response:
“UPDATE: RNC: DMR off-rec ‘raises questions about what he was hiding and betrays the President’s lack of confidence’”
Joe Pounder, director at the RNC, tweeted:
“Most transparent president in history does his interview w/ Des Moines Register editorial board OFF THE RECORD”
And then later:
“Thank goodness Obama's Leno interview will be ON THE RECORD."
And Ed Henry of Fox News, along the same lines:
“Transparency? Des Moines Register Hits Obama: Iowa Newspaper Told Endorsement Pitch Was Off The Record”
Terry Moran of ABC News tweets a poll observation:
“The firewall is melting. @jamiedupree: Rasmussen poll shows tie in Ohio; 3 of the last 7 polls in Ohio have been Obama-Romney ties”
Jim Roberts, assistant managing editor for the New York Times on the Osama kill film:
“Film on killing of Bin Laden has been recut; strengthens Obama's role; will air 2 nights before election.”
And on Clint Eastwood’s re-emergence:
“Clint Eastwood is back, in new pro-Romney swing-state ad, funded by American Crossroads.”
Speaking of the Times, the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes raises a point about Libya coverage in this tweet:
“No story about the Benghazi emails in the New York Times?"
All the refocusing on Benghazi today has RedState.com’s Mike Paranzino urging a shift back to the topic of the economy:
“13 DAYS: Benghazi is an Obama failure + coverup, but it's the economy that moves undecideds to Romney. Let's try to talk economy!"
And, regarding those photos on Vanity Fair’s website showing Romney mocking gay people with a Liberace impression…they’re fake, according to this tweet from Chris Donovan of NBC News:
“@mikeallen VF confirms photos inc limp-wristed Liberace impression aren't real - believable-looking-young-Romney VF assistant posed for them”
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