Obama Refuses to Apologize for Geffen Comments

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Campaigning in Iowa, Obama said to the AP, “It’s not clear to me why I’d be apologizing for someone else’s remark.”

Geffen is blunt and outspoken in interviews — in the cases where he grants them.

Some Clinton donors admit that the entire affair may be a one- or two- day story, at best, and probably resonates only with political junkies. But they were pleased that the Clinton camp so rapidly responded to the remarks — sort of a test for what lies ahead in the general election — even as Obama’s people say that they are trying to make the whole affair more than it really is.

Clinton’s camp continued to keep the flap going into the late afternoon, as Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson issued another statement:

“By refusing to disavow the personal attacks from his biggest fundraiser against Senator Clinton and President Clinton, Senator Obama has called into serious question whether he really believes his own rhetoric. How can Senator Obama denounce the politics of slash & burn yesterday while his own campaign is espousing the politics of trash today?

“When one of Senator Clinton’s supporters made an inappropriate statement, her campaign disavowed it immediately and the supporter apologized for his words. Why won’t Senator Obama do the same?”

Howard Fineman cranked out a column on the whole affair, and declares that John Edwards and the Republicans stand to benefit the most. For the latter, it only reminds voters where the dems get a lot of their money.

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