Obama: I Would Have Fired Mark Penn

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Calls demoted Clinton strategist’s involvement with Colombia “surprising.”

“I’m not surprised that Sen. Clinton found herself in an uncomfortable position as a consequence. I know that if staff of mine were putting me in that kind of position, I would get rid of them.” Watch video here.

Clinton camp responds by citing economics adviser Goolsbee and his supposed dealings with Canada. “It’s good to know he has a higher standard for our campaign than his own.” Full statement here.

Update: Obama-backing Change to Win launches online campaign to force Clinton to completely sever ties with Penn.

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