Mr. Obama met with the press today and took a question about the tone and tenor of his campaign. One of the items asked about in that question was the July accusation Stephanie Cutter made about Mitt Romney and speculation that Romney might be a felon based on a document he signed.

Here's the question...

As you know, your opponent recently accused you of waging a campaign filled with anger and hate. You told Entertainment Tonight that anyone who attends your rallies can see that they are not angry or hate-filled affairs. But in recent weeks, your campaign has suggested repeatedly - without proof - that Mr. Romney might be hiding something in his tax returns. They have suggested that Mr. Romney might be a felon for the way that he handed over power of Bain Capital. And your campaign and the White House have declined to condemn an ad by one of your top supporters that links Mr. Romney to a woman's death from cancer. Are you comfortable with the tone being set with your campaign? Have you asked them to change their tone when it comes to defining Mr. Romney?


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Here is the response...

Well, first of all, I am not sure that all of those characterizations that you laid out there were accurate. For example, nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon. And, I think that what is absolutely true is if you watch me on the campaign trail, here's what I'm talking about. I'm talking about how to put Americans back to work.

Both the question and Mr. Obama's response can be found here along with a video of both from Real Clear Polotics.

The following link goes to a Politico story by Jennifer Epstein run on July 12 of this year. In that story Stephanie Cutter is quoted in the third paragraph as saying the following...

“Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony."

That sounds like an accusation of a felony to me. In fact, regardless of what the 'legal' definition of an accusation is, this was meant to be taken as such. It was meant to be taken as an accusation Romney had committed a felony, that is, until it backfired and didn't go over well.