If you're new to this story, read these three posts -- preferably in order -- to get caught up. Team Obama turned up the heat on the entire controversy yesterday afternoon when Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter told reporters that Mitt Romney is either a liar or a felon, wielding the Boston Globe's non-scoop as "new" evidence on Romney's tenure at Bain:
Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter laid out the issue as the Obama team sees it: “Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony. Or," she said, "he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments,” including layoffs and the outsourcing of jobs.
"Felony" is a very serious word to raise in the context of a presidential campaign. Romney's campaign manager Matt Rhoades promptly unloaded on Cutter:
"President Obama's campaign hit a new low today when one of its senior advisers made a reckless and unsubstantiated charge to reporters about Mitt Romney that was so over the top that it calls into question the integrity of their entire campaign," Rhoades said. "President Obama ought to apologize for the out-of-control behavior of his staff, which demeans the office he holds. Campaigns are supposed to be hard fought, but statements like those made by Stephanie Cutter belittle the process and the candidate on whose behalf she works."