By Justin Sink - 05/30/12 04:30 PM EDT
Mitt Romney press secretary Andrea Saul defended the campaign's controversial fundraiser with billionaire buisnessman Donald Trump on Wednesday, invoking the decision of a super-PAC supporting President Obama to accept a donation from comedian Bill Maher.
"They don't agree on every subject, and if you look, the Obama campaign refuses to denounce Bill Maher when he said extremely hateful things. So you're going to see things on both sides of the aisle," Saul told MSNBC. "As [White House press secretary] Jay Carney said, you can't be responsible for everything your supporters say. Gov. Romney has made it very clear where he stands on the subject."
Earlier in the interview, Saul said the campaign did not regret spending the day on which Romney officially clinched the Republican nomination fundraising with Trump. The controversial reality show host and real estate mogul spent much of the day on cable news shows expressing his doubts that the president was born in the United States.
"Look, Donald Trump's a supporter. Gov. Romney's made it clear that they disagree with on some issues ... but the one thing that all of our supporters can agree on is that Mitt Romney would be a better president than President Obama," Saul said.
Saul also pointed out that Romney had said on a number of occasions that he believes the president was born in the United States. Obama was born in Hawaii and the White House has released a long-form copy of his birth certificate certified by the state.
"Gov. Romney has said that he believes the president was born in the United States. He's said it repeatedly. He said he thinks the issue is closed, and he's focused on jobs and the economy. Democrats put out a Web video on this yesterday; they can talk about Donald Trump all they want, we're focused on the jobs and the economy," Saul said.
Romney's press secretary also addressed another campaign flap from Tuesday — the release of a Romney iPhone application that contained a misspelling of the word America. The typo has been widely lampooned on social media.
"Mistakes happen," Saul said. "You know, I don't think any voter cares about a typo at the end of the day. An update has been sent to Apple for approval, and it will be updated as soon as that's approved."