Democrats outraged with Romney foreign policy attacks
September 12th, 2012
02:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Democrats outraged with Romney foreign policy attacks

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's harsh chiding of President Barack Obama's response to attacks in Libya and Egypt spurred a firestorm of backlash Wednesday from Democrats, who claim the GOP candidate is politicizing a tragedy that killed four, including the United States ambassador, in U.S. offices in Benghazi, Libya.

Following reports of the violence Tuesday, Romney's campaign released a statement calling the U.S. response "disgraceful." Romney delivered remarks Wednesday in Florida continuing his criticism.

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Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, said Wednesday while departing an intelligence briefing that Romney's comments were "about as inappropriate as anything I've ever seen at this kind of moment" calling on the GOP candidate to apologize.

"They are flat wrong. They demonstrate an insensitivity and a lack of judgment about what is happening now," said Kerry. "To make those kinds of statements before you even know the facts, before families have even been notified, before things have played out, is really not just inexperienced, it's irresponsible, it's callous, it's reckless. And I think he ought to apologize and I don't think he knows what he's talking about frankly. It's that simple."

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois called the comments "entirely inappropriate" adding "we should put the campaign aside" and support the men and women in harm's way.

"I'm sorry that the decision was made in the Romney campaign to make this a political issue. It's not. It is a tragic human issue and we should be together as a nation in condemning this terrible violence against our ambassador and those who work in the Libya embassy," said Durbin, adding that it is time for the Romney campaign to "tone down" their rhetoric.

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey said he stands with the Obama administration in condemning the attacks and offering condolences to the affected families, but pointed to Romney's comments as undermining the country on an international stage.

"At a time when we should be standing together against these senseless acts of violence, Mitt Romney offered an atrocious political response that undermines our unity in the face of threats to Americans around the world," said Lautenberg in a statement about the attacks.

CNN's Ted Barrett and Paul Courson contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Dick Durbin • John Kerry • Mitt Romney
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  1. Mike

    I'm still waiting for CNN and the outraged democrats to truly convince the rational observer how Romney did anything wrong! Instead the rational observer realizes that it is not Mitt Romney trying to make political points but rather democrats and the media tying to make a HUGE deal out of his comments. And let's look at his comments by the way. It was obama's admin who initially focused more on apologizing to Muslims for offending them with some potential anti Mohammed video that somebody made rather than state the real truth which is anybody who decides to do this crap even when offended is crazy and should be punished. So the Obama admin said what they said and Romney called them out for being ridiculous. So nice try CNN! I swear the unconditional media love for Obama in this country is nauseating!

    September 12, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Past three days more Republicans disagreeing with Romney than democrats

    September 12, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. LolDems

    Very predictably pathetic the dems emotional anger over well-deserved criticism of BO's foreign policy failures. BO has not made the world a safer place with his apologetic, amateur policies. He believes he can teach the world to sing though Pakistan harbors BinLaden, Egypt is governed by Islamic extremists, and Libya fails to protect US sovereignty and lives. How many of you BO Kool-Aid drinkers think no lives would be lost if Qaddafi was still governing? And what's your amatuer Prez doing about the 10x Syrian civilian lives lost compared to Libya? Reach for another bottle to give you the liquid courage to blame the opposition and earned criticism. Consider the recent events just a foretaste of more foreign disasters as the arrogant BO claims Romney is "new" to foreign policy...as if BO has a coherent foreign policy. Oh yes indeedy, the US is much more respected around the world now that BO and Hillary are repairing the damage wrought by the Bush years. Swoon since you can't help yourselves every time BO utters some polemics but don't compromise US lives to this buffoons lack of leadership, experience, and governance. It really isn't necessary to be a good citizen to buy into every poor decision, mistake, and pipe dream the current administration sells.

    When somebody isn't doing the job, you just have to let them go.

    September 12, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. nonsense

    Linda, your frustration shows no evidence in how you feel about Obama. State why he is so bad in your eyes.
    I beg to differ, Obama has done more for the American people than anytime during 2000-2008. Or do you have dementia and not remember what that did to American people.
    Obama has stopped one war, killed our biggest threat Osama Bin Laden, and has the end for Afghanistan in the works.

    September 12, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Billy in NYC

    I am so amazed by the republicans, Romney supports who do not learn about the facts; only the sound bites.
    The whole republican party IS in disarray and need a major overhaul after Obama is re-elected. First, kick the teaparty extremists out of DC.

    September 12, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Critical Thinking

    If Romney's comments help this President find his backbone, then so be it.

    September 12, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Me

    NO IT COULD NOT WAIT!!!! What do we wait for ??? another attack? Had it Been his Family would he have Apologized or waited?

    September 12, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. B.

    It is all about the lack of Judgement that Romney displays over and over again.

    He really is insensitive to most issues involving people concerns, he does not get it, it is not part of who he is.

    September 12, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. amlcpamaine

    Romney's comments, and his doubling down, are no surprise. While those of us in his generation attending public schools and learned in civics lessons about America's being a 'melting pot,' he grew up in as plain-vanilla-whitebread a Mormon environment as they come. And while most of us schooled, worked hard and learned responsibility as citizens, he headed Bain (where we joked that some members had sold their grandmothers several times over) where his minions regularly would bend over at his every word. Well, Mitt, here's the real world: free speech does not mean JUST YOUR speech, it creates conflict. People don't ALL LOOK LIKE YOU, and conflict does NOT mean "let's bomb them because they're different from me." That's the same neocon nonsense that got cost us thousands of lives and trillions in public funds, and he doesn't care a whit. What he wants is a) his own way, b) embarrass Obama, and c) all government cost and responsibility stuck on someone else, like the middle class. This man is poison.

    September 12, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Jazel

    Democrats must be so mad that under their administration and beloved Cool President Obama, Mr. Stevens died. An ambassador died close to the same wake fo 9/11 and under Obama's 2012 administration. Spin like you can but DEMOCRATS you never protected the Ambassador and his men. DEMOCRATS FAILED..

    September 12, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -Mike

    I'm still waiting for CNN and the outraged democrats to truly convince the rational observer how Romney did anything wrong! Instead the rational observer realizes that it is not Mitt Romney trying to make political points but rather democrats and the media tying to make a HUGE deal out of his comments. And let's look at his comments by the way. It was obama's admin who initially focused more on apologizing to Muslims for offending them with some potential anti Mohammed video that somebody made rather than state the real truth which is anybody who decides to do this crap even when offended is crazy and should be punished. So the Obama admin said what they said and Romney called them out for being ridiculous. So nice try CNN! I swear the unconditional media love for Obama in this country is nauseating!
    *********************************
    and your unconditional hatred is nauseating. It was the embassy in Cairo, not the White House, that issued the apology regarding a needessly inflammatory video that was designed to enrage Muslims. The GOP leapt on this statement as proof positive that Obama signed off on it. Second, 4 people died as a result of this video: where is your sense of outrage? There was no apology from the administration, but there was a lot of politcal hay being made at the lie that Obama sancioned this apology over a privately made propaganda piece. Get it?

    September 12, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "We bombed Libya into the Stone Age for banking reasons and helped Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood take over these countries."

    World Net Daily is cognitive poison.

    September 12, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Susan Prock

    Mitt The Twit did NOT speak the truth!! He shot his stupid mouth off before he knew the facts or what he was talking about! What an idiot!

    September 12, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Solus5

    How dare someone defend the right to free speech and offer condolences first... Hilary's first 2 sentences of her response were condemnation of a sort of free speech, the 3rd was condemnation of the attack.. Yet, the attacks were 9/11 anniversary attacks that used the video as a twisted form of justification... The video had nothing to do with it..

    And why was the crowd chanting "Obama"? Humm..

    September 12, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Mittens is a treasonous little lying neo-weasel. And so are all of the mindless, furry rightwing lemmings that are so-gladly following him off the cliff.

    God luv the [R]s for their unapologetic stupidity, and frankly their sad lack of core patriotism. It should be pretty obvious NOW to all Americans just what [R]omney really represents. "Party first" has been the [R] slogan for sometime now, and it is one reason that this conservative will not vote for any candidate from today's cabal of rightwing [R] Teatards.

    The only way scurrilous Mittens wins in Nov. is if [D]s and real conservatives don't vote. Please get to the polls this Nov. and stop America from returning to the grip of rightwing malignancy that so weakened this country before 2008.

    September 12, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. RealityBites

    Meanwhile.., increasing evidence suggests that the Syrian attack was planned as a 9/11 memorial instead of a protest of an Islamic film as the media has reported.

    September 12, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    He not only a joke–he is damn big joke!!!

    September 12, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. jeff

    I believe all Mitt was talking about was the statement that came out of our embassy, and he is there boss, they would not make a statement that he didn't approve. He later found out that it was the wrong statement and threw them under the bus. He can't be wrong!!!! Everyone else is.

    September 12, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. menehune

    I think that Romney's comments were entirely inappropriate. This was an international incident. When we are attacked we should stand together as a nation and support our leaders. I am more than a little shocked that Romney chose to make a public statement about this event before he had all the facts. I am also shocked by Romney's insensitivity.

    September 12, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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