October 12th, 2012
12:49 PM ET
6 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. anonoymous

    I want to know where are 10years worth of taxes?

    October 12, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. al in memphis

    This is the pleasure of being the President. You have to know what all 200,000 US employees are doing at all times. No wonder everybody leaves that office with grey hair.

    October 12, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |

    Willard, you politicized this attack before you even knew the facts. Please just STFU and keep Mr. Doherty out of your stump speeches!!!

    October 12, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Jules

    Romney, as usual, is doubling down on his lies. Joe Biden showed us that Paul Ryan should not be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Papa Joe schooled him on Afghanistan, as well as other other things. Romney and the GOP can start holding President Obama a failure for Benghazi when they start holding Bush and the GOP guilty for 9/11. Bush had actually been briefed on Bin Laden using aircraft to attack the US. What's fair for one is fair for the other.

    October 12, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Howard

    With all the photo ops and fund raisers, how does Obama find time to squander SIX TRILLION DOLLARS of OUR hard earned money ??? Well, we know he doesn't have time to fulfill his duties as President. After discovering how 60% of his overseas contributions hide who the donors are, we now know how he has raised nearly a BILLION dollars, from countries who are anti-American ... what's he paying them off with, in exchange???. And, who helped pay his Harvard tuition? ... It's pretty obvious why he's paid over a million dollars to seal his college records. And, regarding the murder of our Ambassador and Navy Seals in Libya, Obama is still trying to cover up his lies about the obscure web video, instead of the truth about a planned terrorist attack ... while Biden lies to the American people about never receiving pleas from our Ambassador for more security. Time to replace these liars with new leadership !!!

    October 12, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Ancient Texan

    It is clear that the Obama administration was intent on denying that a terrorist attack occured on their watch and attempted to cover up the whole thing. They still will not admit the Ft Hood shootings were the act of a terrorist, even with proof that the shooter had strong ties and many conversations with Al Qaeda leaders.

    October 12, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Jack

    As American citizen i refuse to have a ignorant, lier and claun vice president name Biden!!!!!!

    October 12, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. p_anaya75

    There had to have been communication among the WH and State Department regarding this situation. And I am disappointed in Hillary, i admired her and for her to not come forth and spill the beans (even if it means outing names), i looked at her as if she would be firm in honesty and good character. When she was running for president i was pro Hillary. Even if it was a default in her judgement or someone else i expected her to come forth before anybody else.

    October 12, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. GurgylW

    Show me your Ten years of Taxes. Idiot. Bain-capital.,lies outsource to China., nonsense. 47% comment.,

    October 12, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. I.G.

    Romney still trying to score some political points from a tragety.......

    October 12, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Romney you are full of it and you know it, You are trying your best to make something out of nothing, why don't you let the experts find out what real happening

    October 12, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. independent411

    More lying from Obama/Biden. They knew and in addition tried to put out a lie blaming youtube for the killings.

    October 12, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Pete

    If people remember it was Romney who came out before the president with some assinine comments about the embassy attack and got admonished by everyone including his own party..Biden put Romneys boy in his place,he definitly knew his facts and Ryan didn't like being laughed at,but that's what you get when all your campaign has done is lie,lies backing more lies and you pathelogical liars know it!!So don't expect for the president to be any different,he's changing his approach and he's hitting Romney straight on with facts against the lies of Romneys and calling out the mormon moron just as Ted Kennedy did with his multiple choice candidate in Romney,he took it to his defeat and take it again because Ann your husband like it or not isn't the chosen one!!Hey Romney is your boy Ryan at the church confessional,after last night he's got some explaining to do with God doesn't he,ha ha !!

    October 12, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney is to stupid to be president. All he's good at is sending jobs to China ,investing in Chinese companies and looting American pensions and looking down on half the American population that is not as fortunet as he is with his dads money . I'm voting for Obama ,its a nobrainer !!!!!

    October 12, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Logic N LA

    Since Romney and Ryan can't give facts about their plans for our economy, thye have decided to embrace foriegn policy. What's next? they are runing out of game plans.
    It's time to give us the "how's" on all the promises.

    October 12, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. @GuileOfTheGods

    Romney, this is NOT a serious issue!
    You are not a serious candidate
    Your party is a joke.

    October 12, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. rs

    "Biden doubling down on denail" is downright FUNNY coming from fact-free Romney. Really, Governor? Your debate last week was so devoid of fact or reality it was breathtaking. You think Biden is in denial? Look in a mirror!

    October 12, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Pete

    And Romney talking about taking innocents lives where were you and Ryan when thousands of innocent military men,women and thousands of innocent Iraqi civians died because of lies started by your republican president Bush.He also had Intel about the events of 9/11 from Pres.Clinton and didn't do anything about it,pretty mum about that too yah hypocrites,always a double standard with these sanctumonious republicans isn't there,do what I say,not what I do,really pathedic your party is!!!

    October 12, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. California Gary

    And it looks like the Romney/Ryan ticket is doubling down on stupid. The fact checkers are having a field day with almost every statement Ryan made last night.

    October 12, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. No Tax Returns No Vote

    Romney knows about denial: 47%, Bain getting federal funds, abortion, medicare, social security, tax returns, investments in China, Iran, and Yemen. Ryan looked like a preschooler last night that was caught in the cookie jar by his father.

    October 12, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Fact

    Like Ryan said in the debate: Obama's foreign policy is unraveling.
    Like Biden said: who are you going to believe?
    Like I say: Biden is a liar and perfect running mate for Obama.

    United States of America vs. Obama/Biden/Muslim Bros.

    October 12, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. AgentProvoca

    Today's polls report the outcome of last night's vice presidential debate indicate:
    ● 1/3 of registered voters say Joe Biden won the debate
    ● 1/3 of registered voters say Paul Ryan won the debate
    ● 1/3 of registered voters say they're unsure who won the debate, but they are sure that Barack Obama isn't going to be reelected

    October 12, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    The only foreign policy experience romney the gop goofball has was protecting the Massachusetts , new Hampshire boarder from the pesky new Hampshire invaders ,the gop and romney Ryan are nothing but a bad joke !!!!

    October 12, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Paul Ernest show

    This has been the tactics by Romney and the GOP. "Say something dumb, stupid and fabricated and blame your opponent for lying". And it's not working. It insults the American people

    October 12, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. curious

    Romney will start a war if elected. The enemey will be China, Russia and the arab world. Shock and awe. But this sons will stay safe in the good ole USA.

    October 12, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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