Election 2012

Obama Camp Lets Des Moines Register Release Transcript of Interview

Was originally off the record

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The Obama campaign has allowed The Des Moines Register to release the transcript of an off-the-record conversation with the president after the editor of the newspaper objected to the interview conditions in a blog post.

Obama spoke on the phone on Tuesday with Register editor Rick Green and Laura Hollingsworth, the publisher and president of the influential Iowa newspaper, but only on the condition that the conversation would be off the record. Republican nominee Mitt Romney met with the paper's editorial board in Iowa earlier this month and allowed an audio recording of the session to be posted.