On Friday, both the Romney and Obama campaigns went on temporary hiatus from hitting one another, especially in Colorado, after the attack inside the movie house. It didn’t last long and maybe in this case you can even blame the media. Romney supporter and potential vice presidential pick, Senator Rob Portman was asked about gun laws on Friday and said this:
“Let’s see what the situation was. I don’t know what the details are. I don’t think we should make it a political discussion at this point. I’ve already heard some of that looking at my blackberry coming into this meeting today. So let’s see what the situation is on the ground.”
In the same conversation, the senator from Ohio was asked if the Colorado events showed the pettiness of the campaign and so he responded:
“It certainly shows what’s really important which is our families. And in this case a senseless act of vilence that affects thousands of people in a small community in Colorado. That’s ultimately what’s important. I’ve been saying for weeks that i’m concerned about the tenor of the Obama attacks. I think they’re not what people are interested in, and I think that particularly the attacks on Bain Capital and Mitt Romney’s business record are misleading at best. …. That to me is a campaign that is not worthy of the incredible problems we face as a country. Americans deserve a different level of debate.”
Do you blame the reporter for asking the question or blame the senator for taking the bait?