A television ad by Priorities USA Action, the main super PAC backing President Obama, linking Mitt Romney to a woman's death continues to dog the Obama campaign.
For the third day in a row, reporters peppered the White House and Obama campaign about the new ad, which CNN fact-checked Tuesday and found to be inaccurate.
The ad features Joe Soptic, a steelworker who was laid off from his job at a Kansas City, Missouri steel plant in 2001 after the plant was taken over and eventually shut down by Bain Capital, Romney's former company.
The campaign has not endorsed the claims in the ad, but it also has not denounced the impression the ad gives, that if Soptic had not been laid off by Bain Capital perhaps his wife might not have died from cancer.
"We had nothing to do with the ad," Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday. "We can't speak to what they were trying to convey by the ad or communicate." FULL POST
WASHINGTON (CNN) - On the same day that Jay Carney stepped up to the podium for his first official briefing as the successor to Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary, the man who lost out to Carney for the coveted post officially announced he's bolting the administration on Friday.
Bill Burton, who was the principal deputy press secretary to Gibbs, revealed in an e-mail that he is leaving President Obama's staff at the end of the week to start a new political and strategic consulting firm with Sean Sweeney, an ex-adviser to two former White House chiefs of staff, Rahm Emanuel and Pete Rouse.
"I will never forget the hardworking and decent people I worked with here - and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of it," Burton wrote in the e-mail to colleagues and members of the White House press corps.
Burton, whose wife Laura is expecting the couple's first child this spring, said he had an epiphany this weekend as he prepared their Washington home for the new baby's arrival.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden's communications director, Jay Carney, was named the new White House press secretary Thursday as part of a series of other big staff moves announced by new Chief of Staff Bill Daley.
Carney, a former Time magazine reporter, will succeed Robert Gibbs as the most visible spokesman for President Barack Obama. Other White House aides who have been considered for press secretary include Bill Burton, Stephanie Cutter, Josh Earnest and Jen Psaki.
Several Democratic sources said that based on the private deliberations inside the White House, Carney was the clear front-runner for the job.
One of the sources said the job was "totally lined up for Jay" before Daley was named chief of staff this month. Then Daley reopened the process to more candidates to make sure they were making the right move, and that second round of considerations has come to a close with Carney at the top of the list, the source said.
Check out the complete story on CNN's Political Ticker.
PRESS GAGGLE BY DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY BILL BURTON
Aboard Air Force One En Route Winston-Salem, North Carolina
MR. BURTON: Thank you all for joining this flight down to North Carolina. This is Hannah August. It’s her first flight on Air Force One. She promised not to break anything.
Okay, any questions?
Q Can you talk about the latest on the tax talks? And are there any new developments as of this morning, and how many times has the President talked directly to Mr. McConnell?
9:15AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office Closed Press
9:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base
South Lawn/ Open Press
10:05AM THE PRESIDENT departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Greensboro, North Carolina
Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage
November 23, 2010
MR. BURTON: Okay, ready to go.
Q Does the President consider North Korea’s actions an act of war?
MR. BURTON: As you know, the President is outraged by these actions. And as we said in the statement earlier today, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our ally in South Korea. And as the President said in Korea, we're fully committed to their defense.
Our condolences go to the victims of this attack. And we'll be working with South Korea and the international community in coming days on the best way forward in securing peace and stability in the region.
The President will speak with President Lee at some point soon. They’re still working out the time at which they talk.
From Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton
"The White House does not comment or get involved in leadership elections. But as the President has said before, he appreciates the work of the Speaker and the entire House Democratic leadership team who have been great partners in moving the country forward. He looks forward to working with them in the years to come."
By Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton
Aboard Air Force One
En Route Warwick, Rhode Island
MR. BURTON: So one logistic note. So the fundraiser in the private home tonight, I know the guidance says pool, but it’s apparently a pretty small fundraiser, a pretty small room, so we’re just going to have room for one pooler, like we did in Minneapolis this last weekend - which you’ll all see when we get there. But there you have it.