October 12th, 2012
12:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Biden 'doubling down on denial'

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Mitt Romney accused Vice President Joe Biden of "doubling down on denial" as details continued to trickle out about the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans last month.

It was the second time in as many days that Romney sharply criticized the Obama administration for its posture in the aftermath of the attack.

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At an outdoor rally in Richmond, Romney said Biden had raised more questions about the administration's handling of the deadly incident when he "directly contradicted the testimony of State Department officials," during the vice presidential debate Thursday night.

"He's doubling down on denial. And we need to understand exactly what happened as opposed to just having people brush this aside," Romney said. "When the vice president of the United States directly contradicts the testimony, sworn testimony, of state department officials, American citizens have a right to know just what's going on."

On Thursday night, Biden told the debate moderator "we did not know" about requests for more security in the months before the attack on the United States' consulate in Benghazi.

"We weren't told they wanted more security there," Biden said when pressed during the debate. "We did not know they wanted more security again."

Republicans pounced, citing congressional testimony from State Department officials about requests for more security staffing in Libya.

On Friday White House spokesman Jay Carney clarified Biden's comments, saying the vice president had been referring to himself, the president and the White House, not the broader administration.

Carney said the requests for additional security in Libya had been handled by the State Department and had not reached the White House.

Romney had criticized the president a day earlier, after Obama's deputy campaign manager accused the Republican ticket of trying to politicize the Libya attacks.

"It's an issue because this is the first time in 33 years that a United States ambassador has been assassinated," Romney said. "Mr. President, this is an issue because we were attacked successfully by terrorists on the anniversary of 9/11. President Obama, this is an issue because Americans wonder why it was it took so long for you and your administration to admit that this was a terrorist attack."

"This is a very serious issue," Romney continued. "These are very serious questions, and the American people deserve serious answers and I hope they come soon."


Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Libya • Mitt Romney
soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. linda

    I'll take Obama/Biden any day over the WOLF in SHEEPS CLOThING Romeny/Ryan......these two have changed on the issues more times than you change a babys diaper.......we don't know where they stand....they are using this politicially to try to gain in the Polls to win the independent voters......had they been in office they wouldn't have know what to do.....except start shipping our men and women, military equipement, guns and ammo to start another WAR, not just in Lybia, but Syria, Iran, Eygpt.....Romney and Ryan will start World War III just sit back and watch this country get tied up in a bunch more Wars and it will be our sons and daughters, husbands and wifes that will have to go fight their Wars...

    October 12, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. sifto

    joe biden is living proof that money and power do not buy class

    October 12, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Valar Morghulis

    This too shall pass. Romney is nothing if not an opportunist. His party has consistently opposed the State Department budgets proposing cuts while at the same time criticizing the Administration for security failures. Which one is it Mitt?

    October 12, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Frankie

    Romney touts his record as governor in Massachusetts. Well, if he did as great a job as he says then he should be way ahead in Massachusetts regardless if it is "blue or red state". The people of Massachusetts are witnesses to how good Romney was as leader of the state. Today the Rasmussen poll is Obama 55% Romney 40%.

    October 12, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. hopeandchange1

    Ms. Lamb of the State Dept. testified under oath that she watched in real time during the Benghazi attack and admitted that she and others in her department were clear that this was a terrorist attack, not a protest. So are we to assume that Hillary Clinton and her State Department failed to relay this information to the White House and Intelligence agencies? Kept this information to themselves and never shared it until the hearing before the Congress? Really? Just so we are clear. Please pass this information on to Joe Biden, he still blames the Intelligence agencies for not giving the White House accurate information. This is 9/11–connect the dots–all over again, whether it is incompetence or dishonesty–the result is the same.

    October 12, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Pete

    To all you republicans out there,yes these was an anti Muslim video and the man behind it was put in jail.And if you'd do some reading instead of ignorently ranting things get done without the presidents knowledge,government has many branches and many employees ,quit passing off crap you can't prove,to you republicans ignorency is true bliss isn't it!!And for your information this ambassador Stevens has been in this area for over 20 years,so if anyone would know when to leave before trouble began it was him,he was loved by the residents there as well!!!So quit running your mouths like Romney before using your brain,if you still know how to use it right!!

    October 12, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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