Romney campaign: Ask about Benghazi tonight
October 16th, 2012
04:07 PM ET
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Romney campaign: Ask about Benghazi tonight

Hempstead, NY (CNN) - If asked about it at tonight's second presidential debate, Mitt Romney will offer his take on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's attempt to accept responsibility for the attack on the U.S consulate in Libya, campaign officials to the GOP nominee tell CNN.

On an official trip to Lima, Peru, Clinton accepted blame for the diplomatic assault that led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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"I take responsibility," Clinton told CNN Foreign Affairs reporter Elise Labott.

Asked what Romney would say about Clinton's comments, an adviser to the former Massachusetts governor declined to offer specifics.

"Stay tuned on what he will say," the official said.

In the hours running up to the debate, Romney campaign officials gave President Barack Obama the advantage in the evening's town hall format.

However, those aides noted Romney has held well over 100 town hall events during the course of his second presidential run.

Romney will talk about the economy "every chance he gets," one campaign official said.

The campaign's advisers also stressed what they described as Romney's "record of bipartisanship," governing Massachusetts as a "conservative" while working with a Democratic-controlled legislature.

In response to the Libya security criticism, the Obama campaign is accusing Romney of seeking to politicize the deaths of American diplomats.

"Romney's criticized the President, but given his track record of taking both sides on every major foreign policy issue- including U.S. intervention in Libya – the impetus is on him to say what he'd do differently," the Obama campaign official said.


Filed under: 2012 • Libya • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debates
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  1. montani42

    State Dept people were on the phone with the intelligence officer in Libya at the time of the attack. There was no demonstration, only a 2 wave attack that killed 4 Americans and that was told to the State Dept in Washington DC at the time of the attack on 9/11/2012. Obama decided to cover up his total failure to provide the requested security for the ambassador and lied for days, when he knew the video had NOTHING to do with the attacks! There was no confusing intelligence. The Libyan leaders had warned of an imminent attack two days prior to the actual attack and Obama and Clinton did nothing to secure the people there. Obama told the UN it was caused by the video. He told the American people it was caused by the video. He trotted out his UN ambassador to appear on 5 shows and lie about the same thing. Obama appeared on The View and lied. He appeared on Letterman and lied.What he did was criminal neglect. This was legally and act of war by international law and he sends the cops in to Libya 14 days later instead of the military. Obama should be impeached for this coverup. It is way worse than Nixon's lie. No one was killed in Watergate.

    October 16, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. George Douglas

    State Dept people were on the phone with the intelligence officer in Libya at the time of the attack. There was no demonstration, only a 2 wave attack that killed 4 Americans and that was told to the State Dept in Washington DC at the time of the attack on 9/11/2012. Obama decided to cover up his total failure to provide the requested security for the ambassador and lied for days, when he knew the video had NOTHING to do with the attacks! There was no confusing intelligence. The Libyan leaders had warned of an imminent attack two days prior to the actual attack and Obama and Clinton did nothing to secure the people there. Obama told the UN it was caused by the video. He told the American people it was caused by the video. He trotted out his UN ambassador to appear on 5 shows and lie about the same thing. Obama appeared on The View and lied. He appeared on Letterman and lied.What he did was criminal neglect. This was legally and act of war by international law and he sends the cops in to Libya 14 days later instead of the military. Obama should be impeached for this coverup. It is way worse than Nixon's lie. No one was killed in Watergate.

    October 16, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Tagg Romney under investigation for Insider trading. Tagg is Mitt Romney's oldest son and founder of Solamere Capital.

    Darrell Edward Issa is the U.S. Representative for California's 49th congressional district says he will get to the bottom of these alagations .

    October 16, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    @Mrs. Answer, the Brotherhood of Muslims taking over America??? Take the tin foil hat off! God you people are pathetic. What next? Will President Obama reinstate slavery, except this time it will be the whites doing all the work, having their families destroyed, their women raped and their men hung??

    I swear there should be an IQ Test given prior to voting.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 16, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. HUSSEIN OBAMA = HISTORY

    Obama couldn't take responsibility for picking his own nose.

    October 16, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. HUSSEIN OBAMA = HISTORY

    BENGHAZI-GATE, Proof this administration lies even when they're caught at it.

    Proof they're living in their own little world also.

    October 16, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. HUSSEIN OBAMA = HISTORY

    Hussein Obama's coverup of our dead ambassador.

    SHAMFUL!!!!!!

    October 16, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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