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Open mic shows reporters coordinating question on whether Romney regrets criticizing Obama on Egypt, Libya

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was widely criticized Wednesday for his outspoken criticism of the Obama administration on its handling of the attacks on U.S. diplomatic stations in Egypt and Libya.

That criticism hasn’t only been coming from campaign operatives, but apparently from the media as well.

The Right Scoop blog captured the audio feed from Romney’s press briefing on the situation Wednesday morning, showing reporters covering Romney working together to base their question on that premise.

Transcript and video courtesy of The Right Scoop:

REPORTER: …pointing out that the Republicans… *unintelligible* …Obama….
REPORTER: That’s the question.
REPORTER: *unintelligible*
REPORTER: Yeah that’s the question. I would just say, “Do you regret your question?”
REPORTER: Your question? Your statement.
REPORTER: I mean your statement. Not even the tone, because then he can go off on…
REPORTER: And then if he does, if we can just follow up and say, “But this morning your answer is continuing to sound [unintelligible]”
REPORTER: You can’t say that..

**Later**

REPORTER: I’m just trying to make sure that we’re just talking about, no matter who he calls on, we’re covered on the one question.
REPORTER: “Do you stand by your statement or regret your statement?”

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(h/t The Right Scoop)

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