Joe Vardon, a reporter with the Columbus Dispatch, says campaign aides stopped him from speaking to voters at a rally featuring Vice President Joe Biden in Canton, Ohio, today.
“Reporters NOT ALLOWED to talk to voters at Biden/Canton event,” he tweeted. “Saddled up to two ‘Scotts’ — both white, mid-50s — campaign tapped me on shoulder, said I wasn’t allowed.”
Vardon told POLITICO the aides simply said, “I’m sorry, reporters aren’t allowed out here” and did not provide further explanation. Obama campaign headqaurters then reached out, Vardon said, to say that he could speak to the voters, but by that time the rally had started.
This is not the first time a reporter has complained about restricted access to voters at an Obama campaign event. Back in August, Dave Davies, a senior reporter for Philadelphia’s WHYY radio station and an NPR contributor, reported that campaign staffers prevented him from interviewing voters outside a rally featuring Michelle Obama.