By Jonathan Easley - 07/25/12 01:37 PM EDT
“The White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Feinstein said during an address at the World Affairs Council on Monday.
Feinstein walked back her comments on Tuesday, saying she regretted her remarks “are being used to impugn President Obama or his commitment to protecting national-security secrets,” and adding that she knows “for a fact the president is extremely troubled by these leaks.”
The Romney campaign suggested Feinstein was being pressured to correct her comments. A campaign spokesman said Obama had given her “the Cory Booker treatment,” a reference to the Newark, N.J., mayor taking back his statements when he called Democratic attacks on Romney’s former firm Bain Capital “nauseating.”
Both campaigns have struggled at times to keep lawmakers and surrogates within their own parties on message. Earlier this month, Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom broke with congressional Republicans by arguing that the individual mandate upheld by the Supreme Court was a penalty, not a tax.