Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Obama whines Romney is ‘endorsing heckling’

(Yahoo!) President Barack Obama has the "bully pulpit" of the White House, but apparently his campaign is the one feeling like it's being shaken down at recess for its lunch money by Mitt Romney-supporting hecklers.

"We have sent a strong message to our supporters that this campaign should be an open exchange of ideas, not one where we drown out the other side by heckling and crashing events," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said Tuesday.

LaBolt pointed to news reports quoting Romney as refusing to condemn disruptive heckling of Obama campaign events. Over the weekend, senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod scolded hecklers whose shouts led Romney to flee one of his campaign stops.