CLEVELAND (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney says he doesn’t think President Barack Obama should be tried for treason.

Obama’s likely Republican opponent told reporters after a campaign rally Monday in Cleveland that “no, of course” the president should not be tried for such an offense.

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Romney had a chance to make that clear during the rally, but passed on the opportunity when he ignored a questioner who called for Obama to be tried for treason.

Democrats, and Obama’s re-election campaign, pounced on Romney’s initial silence.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt questioned Romney’s willingness to stand up to the “extreme voices” in his party.

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