White House press secretary Jay Carney said he couldn’t promise the Obama campaign won’t exploit out-of-context quotes from Mitt Romney the way Republicans, a reporter said, seized on President Barack Obama’s remark that the private sector is “doing fine.”

“That’s a rather remarkable question,” Carney said during Monday’s press briefing, saying he wouldn’t “speculate” on future campaign strategy for something that hadn’t happened yet. Asked about the president’s comment, which he later clarified, Carney said the remark should have been taken in the context of his “rather full discussion on the state of the economy.”

“Certainly, we believe that you all ought to do your jobs and report on content,” Carney said. “Our general position is we’re for truthful, factual, accurate reporting that’s done in context.”

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