Romney to receive intel briefings starting next week
September 13th, 2012
04:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney to receive intel briefings starting next week

Sterling, Virginia (CNN) - After Mitt Romney was knocked back on his heels for commenting on the diplomatic attacks in the Middle East before all of the facts were in, advisers to the GOP nominee said he has yet to receive national security briefings from the Obama administration.

But those briefings will begin next week, a campaign spokesperson told CNN on Thursday.

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"For the last several weeks, the Romney campaign has been in touch with the intelligence community to arrange intelligence briefings for Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan, consistent with tradition," the spokesperson, who declined to be named, told CNN. "They will begin next week and, beyond that, we will have no further comment."

It is customary in the latter stages of a general election campaign for presidential challengers to get these vital intelligence updates, regardless of which party is in power.

A top Romney foreign policy adviser acknowledged on Wednesday the death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya was not yet known to the campaign when it issued a statement that sharply criticized the president's handling of the crisis.

The initial statement released by the Romney campaign late Tuesday night did, however, note the death of an "American consulate worker."

A senior Romney strategist told CNN Thursday the campaign is confident the controversy sparked by the Republican contender's comments would blow over in time.

The strategist said Romney's criticism highlighted the "big differences" in the race.

– CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Ms Independent

    Mr. Romney, Americans do not attack eachother when our nation is under attack. WE ARE ONE!!!!

    September 13, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Bob

    "He simply made a statement about Obamas first resonse was an opoligy'

    He lied, and learn to use spell check,.

    September 13, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    @latino. couldn't udnerstand your rantings but you better have a green card or your twit will get rid of you faster than he gets rid of American jobs. Did he used to pay you to mow his lawn before he started running for president and had to get rid of all his illegals?

    September 13, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    After what he did on 9/11/12 I wouldn't give this moron a good morning.
    A thousand pardons but I didn't realize that candidates who are still not elected were privy to national security information.
    In the case of the twit that is like adding fuel to a fire he started.

    September 13, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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