Just as Republicans argued that some of President Obama's interviews last week featured softball questions, the Obama campaign is pushing this video of a reporter explaining that Mitt Romney would not talk about abortion or Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.):
The reporter is Shaun Boyd of Denver CBS affiliate KCNC. CBS Denver News Director Tim Wieland wrote on Twitter that the station was first "asked not to question him about abortion" and then later told that "Romney would also not talk about Akin." He added that the station "sought reaction" to the Romney camp's stipulations from viewers.
Talking Points Memo interviewed Boyd, who says she resisted the rules. "It’s going to seem awkward if I don’t ask about it,’” she told the Romney staffer who handled the interview. But she was told "he's said all he's going to say about it."
It may have been an isolated incident. Romney talked to WMUR about Akin earlier this week, and no other news organizations have reported similar experiences.
Got in touch with two other news stations that interviewed Romney today. neither had restrictions placed on the Qs they could ask
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) Aug. 23, 2012
Obama's team sometimes asks local reporters to interview the president on specific subjects, although they are allowed to ask other questions -- and have made news while doing so in the past.