Obama Defends Re-election Campaign

President Obama addressed criticism of his campaign at an impromptu press conference Monday. The president insisted that his team has not gone "out of bounds," and pointed out that one of the pro-Obama advertisements that has faced the most widespread criticism—an ad that suggests a woman's death from cancer was tightly related to layoff's at a company owned by Bain Capital—was approved by a super PAC, not the president. "I don't think that Gov. Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad," Obama said. "But keep in mind: this is an ad that I didn't approve." The conference was called as Politico published an e-book that described internal tension on Obama's reelection team over the sharper tone the current campaign is taking compared to the more optimistic tone of his 2008 run. The president did not address any internal problems and said that he feels "very comfortable" with his campaign, which points out "sharp differences" but stays within bounds.

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