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Denver TV reporter Shaun Boyd wanted to ask Mitt Romney about Todd Akin and the abortion controversy roiling the GOP Thursday. But the Romney campaign refused.
In a broadcast on Thursday, Boyd revealed the Romney campaign’s demand that she not ask about Akin. The Obama campaign quickly posted the video online and sent it to reporters:
Boyd told TPM that the Romney campaign offered her station an interview with Romney, one of several local news hits in swing states that Romney conducted via satellite Thursday. A campaign staffer whose name she didn’t divulge told her what questions she wasn’t allowed to ask.
“They said, you know, ‘the only stipulation is we don’t want you talking about the Akin issue,’” Boyd recalled. She also said the Romney staffer told her the campaign didn’t want questions for Romney about ‘the whole abortion controversy.’”
Boyd said she resisted.
“I said to them, ‘Look everybody’s talking about this. It’s going to seem awkward if I don’t ask about it,’” she said. “And they said, ‘Well he’s said all he’s going to say about it. He doesn’t have anything more to say, you won’t be getting any new information so we don’t want to talk about that.’”
“It was pretty clear: ‘Here’s our one stipulation,’” she recalled.
Boyd ultimately agreed to the stipulation because she said there were other issues important to her viewers she wanted to ask Romney about. She said that making Team Romney’s reticience about Akin questions public was as good as getting an answer about
“I wanted to get the interview with him because I have other issues I want to talk to him about,” she said. “So the fact that he doesn’t want to talk about this says something in and of itself. In some ways this speaks for itself even without asking the question.”
The Romney campaign told TPM that asking for stipulations for interviews is not standard practice.
“This is not how we operate,” a campaign official said. “The matter is being addressed.”
On air, Boyd tried to approach the Akin issue by asking about Romney’s polling problems with women. Romney did not discuss Akin or abortion when given the chance.
Back in May, Romney snapped at Boyd when she asked about medical marijuana — an issue before Colorado voters in November — and gay marriage. She reported that dust-up with Team Romney on the air at the time, too.
When Boyd interviewed President Obama last year at the White House, she said, there were no such stipulations.
“None, none,” she said of Obama restrictions on her interview. “I was given a limit of time but I didn’t have to submit questions in advance. “