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. beevee

    Just as Romney is doubling down on his lies everyday it is getting closer to November 6. Romeny is a political chameleon changing his stances everyday depending on who is is taking to. His only true color comes out when he is with the rich millioneers behind closed doors. That is when he says his true feelings like 'he does not care about 47% of the americans who in his opinion aredependent on govt'. The guy is a severely confused liar.

    October 12, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Chris

    Like usual the dems are in denial. If u look at the facts romeny has paid more in taxes then obama and biden and they both are millonaires 2. And everyone new it was terriost the eygpt presdent told them serval days before it happen and then obama wanted to blame a vidieo thats been out for 6months. Thats the problems dems dont like facts thats why they blame everyone else and when u confront them they change the subject. If u vote for obama move to china because there govt does the same to there people

    October 12, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Yanni

    In the 47% video Romney clearly stated that he will use/take advantage if the 1976 similar international crises presented in the campaign and he was using Libya for political purpose

    October 12, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |

    Joe Biden came across...'Itchy..Tweetchy..Goofy"...Joe did not once take time-out to make directly the case to America why Pres Obama should get 4-more-years.......................

    Paul Ryan if nervous...aside from sipping a lot of water...did not show it...he laid-out the Romney/Ryan PLAN for the country and then looked directly into the EYES of America and asked for their support...........

    The who won POLL...48%..Ryan.................44%..Biden....4% more for Ryan is huge condidering he is "UNKNOWN"

    October 12, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Malory Archer


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



    October 12, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |

    Libya is a disaster for Obama... and now it's a cover-up.

    October 12, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. homie

    Maybe if Obama attended a few security meetings he would have known

    October 12, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Jason

    Its a blatantly poor attempt at a cover-up by the Obama administration. Rather than call it for what it is... a terrorist attack, they were in total denial. Even worse, they used that youtube video as a scapegoat which in turn stirred up actual protestors in other locations. Way to go Obama. Make crap up, blame the US and apologize, and get more people mad at us when we are the ones who got attacked and that video had nothing to do with it.
    They don't want to admit that they did crap to protect our embassy and ambassador.

    October 12, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |

    Clear thinking Americans know..
    Obama lied trying to cover a 9/11 related terrorist attack..
    Biden didn't know because he is often out of the inner loop to keep his foot out of Obama's mouth.
    And that the progressive media ran with the video story, without verification and regardless of the violence that it might help spread to different regions of the Middle East.

    October 12, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Mom of three BBG

    Mr. Romney is grasping at anything to steady his campaign. He'd be just like Nush in the White House. What a dope.

    October 12, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. DontBelieveIt

    Biden: "We weren't told they wanted extra security!" "The intelligence community did not tell us!" So if THAT information (or lack thereof – from your intelligence community) acquits you of their deaths – then why do you keep blaming Bush for his actions based on information HE got from the intelligence community – saying that there ARE indeed weapons of mass destruction????

    October 12, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. kathy

    Gee, If anyone would criticize GWB after 9/11 (month long vacation before, ignoring intelligence on the attack, throwing away all the Clinton intel) they would have been branded a TRAITOR!! RMoney does it an get praise from the right....HYPOCRITS!!!!!! Only 3 died in LIbya, how many on 9/11 under GWB???????????

    October 12, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Mom of three BBG

    Dang autocorrect. Nush =Bush

    October 12, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Joel

    Bidden response on Libya policy, announcing of taking off the table a military option telling me how little the administration understand the mentality of the Iranians and the Arabs. It will bring the arms race of our friends, not only Israel but other Arabs countries that are fear the Iranians, to dangerous level that United States would regret it.

    October 12, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. zisee

    Lord, Biden has a few very loose screws, he knew, then blames the Republicans. I am personally insulted by the vice president that he thinks we are clueless. Maybe he is the one who should follow our government and what Obama has done to it, then HE MIGHT HAVE A CLUE, wasn't yelling, just trying to make a point. I am so fed up with Dems my head is spinning.

    October 12, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. James

    Pay close attention to what they say–Nothing Ryan or Romney says is true. They keep changing their stories. These guys are like door to door salesmen who will say anything to make you buy their garbage. Every week they do the etch-a-sketch again, and try to make your forget the stupid stuff they said before. Do not trust them.

    Even that sweet "bean" story Ryan told. That is somehting Kurt Cobain is known for saying about his own baby. Ryan was telling a fake story, copied from Kurt Cobain! Bizzare, but true.

    His athletics stories are make beleive, as is well known. And his budget numebers do not add up. The "six" studies he mentioned were actually blogs (not studies) funded by his own campaign!

    Personally or politically, I do not trust these chumps!

    James in Cleveland

    October 12, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Mete Krop

    Is this Romney man think the Obama do not care for the American ambassador. This is the issue just about information flow. Obama clearly told th Americans that his administration would be the bottom of this crisis and let know the problem clearly. That is what it is and what happened is just what happened. period.

    October 12, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. BLKMANinAmerica

    Yo robo-Romney that would be from the repuk play book.

    October 12, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Jim

    Name-calling is what the Obama campaign resorts to in order to deflect attention and then make counter-accusations without supporting facts or just representing opinions as facts. The only people this plays well to is the far left democratic party base. It doesn't sway independent voters and frankly insults their intelligence. Who are the liars on this issue anyway? Who tried initially to politicize this attack by downplaying it as a symbolic outcry of disdain for an offensive U-Tube video and not a pre-planned attack on the American Embassy? Who prompted or allowed the U.S. Ambassador to the UN to hold a number of press conferences to emphasize the video protests as the cause? I think it was the Obama Administration that did that. Getting those answers are not merely political issues. And name calling does not resolve the issue either.

    October 12, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. ANGI

    Biden won the debate by far last night. If you are smart , you will know that. He was more confident and know what he was talking about. Biden is very comical and has a bubbly personality. We shouldn’t discredit him for that. He debate in sincerity and surity.There plans are good for the American people and for the next 4 years they would lead us forward and progressively. You are building a structure you start from button up, middle out, make it solid to last. It might take more time, but in the end it would be better. You don’t start top down, then foundation ( Middle Class) would be weak. Come on America, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Be smart and vote for Obama.
    Secondly American needs to think more about domestic affairs. Try to build a solid America. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan don’t understand this. They want to go fight war. We do not have the money for that. They are bad presidential canadiates

    October 12, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Beverly - NYC

    Romney shot his mouth off while American were in danger inLibya & Cairo, all to score political points so he really should keep is mouth shut on this issue. How many American dies in Iraq while Bush vacationed in Crawford?

    October 12, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. If Me And My Running Mate Had Zero Foreign Policy Experience

    If I were a candidate for president with zero foreign policy experience who had chosen a running mate with zero foreign policy experience, in a million years I would do everything in my power to downplay that fact. I would certainly NOT be pounding at the guy with experience on a daily basis. I would be smart enough to know that I'm just drawing attention to myself and my own absolute zero record.

    Please just keep talking Mitt. You're an idiot, but just keep at it. Every time you open your mouth about foreign policy, you underscore your lack of any and just keep highlighting it over and over and over.

    I can hear the right wingnuts now screaming how Romney has as much experience as Obama had in 2008. Well, Romney actually had his chance to run against Obama in 2008, but he couldn't manage to beat John McCain for the honor. He then was passed over for VP in favor of Sarah Palin, whom McCain called a better choice than Romney. So now he's back as the left over reject and trying to run a campaign against Obama 2008. Isn't that cute. Someone needs to wake him up and remind him that this is not 2008. He's now retirement age, and Obama has 4 years of experience that he does not have. His little trip overseas to listen and learn was a pathetic failure, as he managed to insult one of our closest allies and a whole range of various assorted countries in the process.

    So just keep talking about foreign policy Mitt. You're highlighting your weakness and Obama's strength. Just keep talking.

    What's even funnier than Romney trying to take on Obama on foreign policy? Romney trying to take on Biden regarding foreign policy. Romney and Ryan come armed to a foreign policy debate with zero years of experience added together along with one pair of magic underwear.

    October 12, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. meme

    Calling all Romney supporters, how many of you purchase that ocean front property he has for sell in Kansas?

    October 12, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. James

    The poll was of a Republican audience in Kentucky.
    That means 44% of Republicans thought Biden won.
    Not good news for Ryan.

    Anyway, it was obvious to anyone that Ryan is a chump and a liar and Biden was having a ball with him.

    October 12, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. robert

    Man republicans . you really need to go back to school . you guys are really not helping the nation at all. You guy don't want to admit your votes on for romney because he is just as un smart as you guys are. That it make all republicans relate able to him.

    October 12, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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