Romney has first intelligence briefing
September 17th, 2012
08:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney has first intelligence briefing

(CNN) – Mitt Romney received his first intelligence briefing Monday, less than one week after criticizing the president over the attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya.

His campaign confirmed that the Republican nominee took part in the briefing at an FBI building in Los Angeles following a campaign event.

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Romney's team did not say who in the national intelligence community provided the briefing.

CNN reported Thursday that Romney would start receiving the updates this week - a customary measure in the latter stages of a general election campaign for presidential challengers, regardless of which party is in power.

Romney took heat last week for releasing a highly charged political statement against the Obama administration before all the facts were known about the attacks overseas. He doubled down on his criticism in the aftermath of the violence.

– CNN's Ashley Killough, Jim Acosta, and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • California • Foreign Policy • Intelligence • Mitt Romney
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. khaleeshi

    That must have been a tough job – Willard and intelligence just don't mix well.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 17, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Democrat in Valparaiso

    Did they do it in crayon on a white board for him?

    September 17, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. Slightly Left of Center

    He's too dumb and too dangerous to be given such sensitive information.

    September 17, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Mittens is still clueless ...

    September 17, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Steven Colo

    Does that mean his weird attacks on Obama will get rational now?

    September 17, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. normajean @ verizon ,com

    If it was Romneys intellegence they were looking into......it would indeed be VERY BRIEF!

    September 17, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Bootstomper

    To see if he has any intelligence.

    September 17, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Spock500

    I wonder if Mr. Romney unleashed more criticism at the official who provided the briefing.

    September 17, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Tripping

    Let's hope he keep hi trap shut and not shove his hoof in it!

    September 17, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. enuff

    There is a joke in there about Romney and intelligence but I won't touch it.

    September 17, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. Grow up already...

    He obviously NEEDS one given his comments tonight.

    September 17, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  12. Thomas

    I feel so much more safe now , " NOT " !

    Did he bring Ann with him ?

    September 17, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. DaveC

    Why? For what reason? This is a guy who stumbles over every single sentence every day and we are giving him classified briefings? I wouldn't give him the time of day.

    September 17, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. JD

    His first "intelligence" briefing. I wonder if any will stick....

    September 17, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  15. the situation

    And soon to be one of his very last intelligence meeting too!

    September 17, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    Listening to Willard's response tonight, confirmed he will never be POTUS. Not once, did this creep apologize to the 47% of American people who support our president. Tonight he looked so flustered and ignorant that he didn't even have time to comb his fake hair and put on his fake smile. It was a sad sight if you ask me but far worse, was his statement that "he speaks one way to his supporters and another to the public" (you know the VOTERS). We're NOT stupid nor do we like being intentionally insulted.

    Willard is just what I thought he was a hateful, cold-blooded bigot and I'm so glad he was EXPOSED. To all those who actually thought of supporting him-THINK AGAIN.

    Obama/Biden ALL the way in 2012

    September 17, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. class is in session!

    it stands to prove that he has the ability to ignore useless peoples comments :)

    September 17, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. rocinante

    "Do not go to the UK and criticize their ability to run an Olypics."

    "Do not go to Israel and start making racist remarks."

    "Do not bring election year politics into matters of international conflict."

    September 17, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  19. John N Florida

    They started out with "See Sally run!"

    September 17, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. Jerry

    after the last week or two of the campaign...its pretty clear that Romney doesn't need an intelligence briefing, he needs an intelligence transplant

    September 17, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. Name

    I find it hard that intelligence and mitt romney have anything in common.

    September 17, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. NameGhost

    Why waste anyone's good time on this imbecile. It's not as if he could actually benefit from it.

    September 17, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. Just a thought

    Giving intelligence to this schmuck is counter intuitive. What good could that possibly do (?) Mitt the Twit couldn't find the truth about anything, even if it was taped to his forehead.

    September 17, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  24. Da Dude

    53% said no to support
    47% said yes to support
    and 15% said they suck in fractions

    September 17, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  25. 200 TON HAMMER

    wow they gave mitt romney a tempoary top secret clearence with out him showing his tax returns wow

    September 18, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
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