09/14/2012 01:31 pm ET | Updated Sep 14, 2012

WHOOPS: Obama, Romney Surrogates Go Off Message (VIDEO)

The job of a presidential campaign surrogate is relatively simple: take the campaign's message on a given subject and amplify it. Staying on message, however, can be unexpectedly difficult.

Senator Rob Portman was the latest casualty of imperfect message discipline: as he defended the Romney campaign from attacks over its reaction to embassy attacks in Libya and Egypt, he acknowledged Romney's reaction was based on an incorrect timeline of the attacks.

Portman is hardly alone, however. Join us in a stroll down the memory lane of surrogate missteps, from "etch-a-sketch" to "Bain is good work"--and beyond!


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