Author Bob Woodward said that the video leaked from the Mitt Romney fundraiser that has been dominating election news since its release early last week is “a big scoop and one of the big campaign stories of the year.”
He’s untroubled by the ethics of a news story emanating from a surreptitious recording at what was supposed to be a private fundraiser, he said on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday. “No one in the world has an expectation of privacy,” he said. “It doesn't exist anymore.”
At the same time, he said a gaffe should not define Romney’s candidacy. “[The video] shouldn't live on as the story of somebody’s candidacy,” Woodward said. “The story of somebody’s candidacy is who they are and what they've done and what they would do.”
An anecdote from Woodard’s new book, “The Price of Politics,” that shows then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi muting a call from President Obama appears in a new ad put out by Mitt Romney's campaign. Woodward responded to the ad, first reported in Politico’s Playbook, saying on CNN that Pelosi “put herself and her people on mute” so that they could not be heard on Obama’s side of the call.
The book casts President Obama as bearing the bulk of the responsibility for the ongoing fiscal crisis. Woodward explained his conclusions saying, “This is the Obama Era, not the John Boehner Era. Presidents have to find a way to do hard things and this didn't happen here.”
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