Romney Camp Condemns Convention-goers’ Racist Taunts

Aug 30, 2012 12:57pm

Since two Republican National Convention attendees were ejected for hurling racist taunts at an African American CNN camerawoman, the Romney campaign has been in repeated contact with the network, senior Romney campaign adviser Russ Schriefer said on a conference call with reporters Thursday morning.

Those talks have included apologies, Schriefer said.

“We thought it was absolutely deplorable. We condemn it in any way–to the highest possible way. That behavior is just reprehensible, so we have–we could not be more clear on that,” Schriefer said. “There were immediate and continued conversations and apologies with CNN did take place.”

On Wednesday, CNN reported that two people were removed from the GOP convention after they threw nuts at a CNN camerawoman, saying, “This is how we feed animals.”

The convention released a statement condemning the incident, CNN reported. It read: “ ”Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”

CNN acknowledged the incident, stating, “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”

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