The Obama campaign has allowed The Des Moines Register to release the transcript of an off-the-record conversation with the president after the editor of the newspaper objected to the interview conditions in a blog post.
Obama spoke on the phone on Tuesday with Register editor Rick Green and Laura Hollingsworth, the publisher and president of the influential Iowa newspaper, but only on the condition that the conversation would be off the record. Republican nominee Mitt Romney met with the paper's editorial board in Iowa earlier this month and allowed an audio recording of the session to be posted.
On Tuesday night, Green wrote a blog post criticizing the Obama campaign for keeping the president's words under wraps, though he also said that the interview conditions would not influence the paper's endorsement, coming Saturday night.
"What the President shared with us this morning — and the manner, depth and quality of his presentation — would have been well-received by not only his base, but also undecideds," Green said he wrote to an Obama campaign spokesperson. "From a voter standpoint, keeping it off-the-record was a disservice."
The blog post triggered an avalanche of criticism from conservatives and protests from some in the national media. The Obama campaign reversed its decision on Wednesday morning.