Democrats outraged with Romney foreign policy attacks
September 12th, 2012
02:03 PM ET
6 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
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. cali girl

    Robmeys only foreign policy experience is riding a bike around France when he should have served in the Vietnam war.

    September 12, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Timmeh

    The Dems have done the same thing for decades! STFU!

    September 12, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Indy

    Typical Romney style,throw the country under the bus to try and enhance your personal gain, much like taking your money out of the country and pretending you believe in America. All of that foreign policy experience Mitts learned in France on his church mission has made him arrogant and ignorant and he should be ashamed by his own words long before knowing the facts.Running for President for eight straight years and he fails every single time he commments on foreign policy.

    September 12, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |

    I'm appalled that this spineless coward is politicizing this tragedy. This jerk went on to criticize the Administration even before all the families were notified that their loved one was killed. That's NOT American. That's not even moral. Willard true colors are shining through. Does he care who he offends? Apparently not!

    September 12, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Doing the whole "pit one against the other" for Mitt Romney, eh CNN? Oh, well, not surprised.
    To qoute Ronnie Reagan: There you go again, Republicans. Ready to elect GW Bush III wrapping himself up in patriot double talk all for the cause - whatever that has become these days.

    September 12, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Expat American

    It is not only Democrats who are disgusted at Romney’s strategy of using the loss of American lives as a sound byte. Romney and Ryan are pathetic and disgusting and their defeat will be celebrated in November.

    September 12, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    What a total loser who even republicans won't vote for ,after you lose please take your family and money and leave the country ,oh ya ,all your money is offshore ,leave!!!!!

    September 12, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney is a salesman, not a statesman.

    September 12, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. HopeNoJoke

    May GOD and all the gods help us if WE, a nation of intellects, elect Mitt Romney to be our PRESIDENT. Just the thought is FRIGHTENING.

    September 12, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. UDidntBuildThat

    This WH Admin is lying. They knew the attack was coming and evacuated most people in the Embassy. The Al Qaeda flag is flying over the US Embassy in Libya. Obama's solution, "we reject all attacks on religion", yes once again apologize. This coming fr the man who attacked Christianity in 2008. Ask how the Muslim Brotherhood came into power? Did Obama consider the outcome if they got rid of Kadaffi & Mubarak? No! Obama will cause nations to stop hating us, lower the tides and cool the waters.

    Attacks during GWB admin after 9/11-0
    so much for keeping us safe!

    September 12, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    Responsible GOP politicians would also be wise to rebuke Willard's facetious claims. Willard is going down, no doubt about it, one would be smart to distance oneself from Willard so as not to get caught in the undertow....

    September 12, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. myviewis

    I think Romney was completely correct and he made valid points in his speech. Of course Democrats are in an outrage because as usual they were trying to stroke a bad situation, minimize the tragedy, try to please the world and when Romney wouldn't follow it forced them to change direction.

    I mean we are talking about the same Democrats that cut the Defense Budget.

    September 12, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Maxx

    Thanks Mr. chicken-hawk, run away to France with your butler Romney for talking so tough when you are in no personal danger. And thank for politicizing an attack on the U.S. before you even knew what happened. And thanks for uniting the country in defense of this attack. Very presidential of you.

    September 12, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. SuperD

    Screw the Democrats! This is all a result of Obama trotting around the world, apologizing and being a general wimp. Go Romney, tell it like it is! Obama has no clue.

    September 12, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. UDidntBuildThat

    This is what happens if you overthrow a legitimate government, murder it's leader and hand the country to Al Qaeda & the Muslim Brotherhood. Nice going Obama.

    September 12, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. bb

    So iguess he should apologize ???? dems should just put skirts on, its very tragic that those people died, what do u want to do??? give them a time out???? put a black mark on thier file??? ok that should do it. if oblunder wasnt so weak every country wouldnt be walking all over us

    September 12, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    we are witnessing the death throws of a desperate dying republican party! Laura Ingram said it best! SHUT IT DOWN!

    September 12, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. rla

    Bull dropings on their outrage- I and those who are not Obama lemmings saw this coming three years ago- Self serving political decisions led to this and his responnse will again be " PRESENT"

    September 12, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Mittens is a treasonous little lying neo-turd. 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. Get to the polls

    September 12, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Once again, a chicken hawk wants to use the full military might of the US to take revenge against a small group of people who were strongly offended by the actions of an American who doesn't even have the courage to show his face in public.

    September 12, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. ghostriter

    Wow conservatives. The message was the embassy's last ditch effort to quell the violence.

    Guessing you guys will triple down on this now.

    September 12, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. ExRepublican

    The whole country should be outrage with Romney attacks.
    Romney is disgrace to our country.

    September 12, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Armed Liberal

    Good greif! If romney wins the election look for us to be at war with Canada and Great Britain...

    September 12, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. sonny chapman

    Mitt Romney, you who fought Communism in Vietnam while on a Religious Deferral in France; You're no John Kerry.

    September 12, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Phi Thomas

    This guy is sad, pathetic excuse for a candidate. Only one president at a time Mittens and your time will never come

    September 12, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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