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Carney Passes On Opportunity To Rebuke Teamsters President Hoffa

White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked by ABC's Jake Tapper to give a response to Teamsters President James Hoffa's controversial comment at yesterday's union rally in Detroit, Michigan in which President Obama also attended.

Tapper asked for the White House's reaction in light of President Obama calling for civility in political rhetoric after the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

"First of all, those weren't comments by the president," Carney told Tapper. "The President wasn't there. I mean, he wasn't on stage. He didn't speak for another twenty minutes. He didn't hear it."

"Mr. Hoffa speaks for himself. He speaks for the labor movement," Carney said about the Teamsters President.

"The president speaks for himself. I speak for the president," he added.

"Were the comments appropriate," Carney was asked.

"Can we move on," Carney responded as he tried to get a question from another reporter.

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