On Wednesday, Democratic National Committee Executive Director Patrick Gaspard appeared on MSNBC with Chuck Todd to address a complaint by President Barack Obama‘s reelection team that Mitt Romney’s campaign has taken his “you didn’t build that” comment out of context. Gaspard said unequivocally that “no,” neither the Obama campaign nor the Democratic party have ever taken Romney’s words out of context over the course of the 2012 presidential race.
“Has the DNC or the Obama campaign ever taken Romney’s words out of context,” Todd asked.
“You know, Chuck, this is going to be a long, tough race,” replied Gaspard. “We are trying to have as serious a conversation as we can with the electorate about the stakes that exist for all Americans.”
“Patrick, that wasn’t an answer,” Todd said, cutting Gaspard off. “Have you ever taken Romney’s words out of context?”
“No, Chuck,” replied Gaspard. “We take Governor Romney at his word and we try to represent those views when we lay out the differences that exist between the President and that candidate.”
“I imagine the Romney campaign would disagree on an issue like, for instance, the very poor comment that became scuttlebutt a few days ago,” Todd replied.
Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page asked Gaspard if he thought that the Obama campaign had not taken advantage of Romney’s saying “I enjoy being able to fire people” without noting the broader context.
“We certainly didn’t take Governor Romney’s comments out of context,” Gaspard asserted. “We’ve accurately represented his views on job creation.”