October 17th, 2012
12:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney seeks advantage on Libya issue after debate

(CNN) - A sharp exchange over the Obama administration's response to the September 11 terrorist attack in Libya dominated the political discussion on Wednesday following a bruising debate that analysts and polls scored a victory for President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

The Tuesday night debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, featured a revitalized Obama fighting back against his equally combative GOP foe in an argumentative encounter three weeks before Election Day.


Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Libya • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Name Ernie

    Romney Ryan =empty chairs

    October 17, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Hammerer

    You see what happens when one goes into a hostile environment, in a debate with Obama's hand picked moderator, picking the questions, controlling the debate by limiting answers, even vocally backing Obama's lie.
    Although Mitt did put Obama in a position several times that he could not offer answer and Crowley did not cover for him. If there ever was a question about the fairness of these rigged shows the answer was evident last night.
    The only thing that the left could find to complain about was that Mitt used the word binder and they went into a frenzy. Apparently they have never been in a position that they needed a list of information. But I guess that most of these guys are the able bodied unemployed and do not understand about the process of getting a job

    October 17, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. JBF

    White House politicized the killings the second they spun the lies about mythical protests and videos driving the pre planned 911 payback terrorist attack. If you don't know this you are simply uninformed. Obama has misled the public on this from day one and did so again last night with crowly's help in the double talk. Really to complicated for any rabid Dem to really understand or accept.

    October 17, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Name

    It sounds true about Obama a loser but no plan no future and he doesn't know a thing about building jobs. Sense he doesn't no how to run the country except in the ground.

    October 17, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mr. Mittens still wants to continue the conversation in which he portrayed himself as a clueless fool?

    Well, then ... proceed, Mr. Governor.

    October 17, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Mitt Romney is a CEO and the USA is NOT a corporation!

    Romney really needs to stop talking about Libya. He ends up sounding like an uneducated, confused fool.

    October 17, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. rs

    Now who is "doubling down" on delusion? Why that would be Mr. Romney.

    Facts- sooooo inconvenient!

    October 17, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Pete

    Hey republicans wasn't it Romney who ignorently came out first about the embassy attack before any info came out,wasn't it fellow republicans who admonished him saying its unpresidencial..This isn't the only isolated incident about deaths at embassies,it was Reagan in'83 with two embassy attacks that resulted in 70 deaths and did Sec.State George Shultz resign heck no it was swept under Reagans republican rug with all the other crap that president left us with.Was security tightened,heck no and it wasn't till now because your republicans in Darrell Issa and others cut the defense budget by 400 million and part of that cut was embassy security,so take responsibility republicans you did have your hand in this as well quit denying it!!And ask Romney about Sensata a company that bought Honeywell in Illinois with Bains help and has American employees training Chinese replacement workers for the shift to China and employees are being threatened with losing their benefits if they don't cooperate and train them,go look at the factory its the one flying a Chinese national flag out front,proud Romney because he made a nice bit of change from Bain as the CEO,nice ha!!

    October 17, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. dan matthews

    Wow, all you posters can go around and around about who said what, unfortunately Obamas poor leadership record says it all. People, just look at where he has dragged this country down too. Obama quit crying about how bad it was when you got in office, imagine if you GOT IN NOW you'd really have something to complain about.

    Unbelievable that Romney would really want in to this crap after Obama made it worse, (his record speaks for that)

    And as far as Libya goes, Even if now Obama wants to change his story to "I said it was a terror attack" the next day, then why in the hell would he allow or not dispute Susan Rice to go on 5 networks 5 days later to say it was obviously a response to a utube video, that in itself caused 22 countries with US embassies to have riots outside, and keep in mind 50, yes 50 people died as a result of that, shame on you Clinton and Rice, Shame!

    October 17, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Obama leaning

    Not sure why the GOP/Romney is politicising the Libya response so quickly. Most Americans have always come together after an international tragedy – post 911, they did not blame Bush for invading Iraq – till years later when it was clear their were no WMDs. We still debate whether it was an intelligence failure or an over-zealous Cheney but you can't go after the administration in the days after an attack.

    October 17, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Wilson

    Perfect example of the quality of people on the left, other than OWS, the number of threats on Romney's life that were tweeted after the debate, should he win the election. The left has no crediblity left in anything they say.

    October 17, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Howard – Did you thank President Obama for having a job selling Fords? The 'cash for clunkers' and the auto bailout kept you off the unemployment line. It is so republican to have so much hate for the one responsible for your having a job.

    October 17, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. freedom

    @ Jay Very well said. Obama is the one politicizing this horrific tragedy. And CNN is right along with him. They are manipulating the facts and the president doesn't have the dignity to even honor the slain with the truth to the American people. Can't wait for election day!!

    October 17, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. The REAL Truth...

    @Howard – Howie, Willard did nothing in the debate except expose his true whiny, entitlement persona. He refused to answer the questions asked, fought with the moderator, ignored her and was rude and childish when he saw he was getting creamed. Other than his new 5-point plan – which is not even the same as Ryan's BTW – all he did was turn every question into the same tired "jobs and tax cuts" spiel. It's proven FACT that tax cuts do NOT CREATE JOBS! DEMAND creates jobs in every sector. Dubya's tax cuts cost $6.4 Trillion and didn't create a SINGLE job.
    History shows that the 3 major recession/depressions in the US were directly caused by failed Republican economic policies. The times of HIGHEST GDP have been when income tax rates have been the HIGHEST. See the corollary?

    October 17, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Keeping it Real

    Candy Crowley later admitted that Romney was correct. It did make CNN look stupid, and although she later corrected herself, many liberals will only remember what was said during the debate. The facts about Obama and Libya are shocking. He failed to provide assistance to the embassy when it was requested. He failed to recognize the attack for what it was, when every major news agency did so. He ignored all actionable intelligence available which clearly indicated that the attack was NOT a spontaneous event related to the youtube video. It would appear that his only thoughts were to make himself look better at the expense of the lives lost that day. You can look at it any way you want, it still results in a complete failure.

    October 17, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Borderless

    Even with Crowley's help Obama couldn't pull out a clear victory on a debate. Crowley crossed an major ethical line by actually taking part in the debate on behalf of Obama. Only later did she admit that the gist of what Romney was trying to say was correct. It is clear she can not remain objective and she should never be allowed to moderate a debate again.

    October 17, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. The REAL Truth...

    @Jay Uusitalo – Unfortunately, she mired the facts on the Benghazi exchange interrupting the Governor so that the President did not have to answer the question Mitt was asking.
    You are seemingly unaware that the agreement reached by both sides for this format debate was that NEITHER candidate be allowed to DIRECTLY ask the other a question. 20 min in, Romney violates that agreement and wonders why the mod tries to stomp him? Willard came off as a spoiled brat have a tantrum.

    October 17, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. MrBeenThere

    Mitt Soiled his magic underwear last night.......

    October 17, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Buckeye

    14 days? Oops. Proceed Governor.
    Then double down on the lie even after you've been fact checked on the spot and laughed at by the debate audience. Politicizng the deaths of foreign service officials will get Willard blasted again in the next debate.

    October 17, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Asher

    Candy admitted she was wrong on Libya but to be honest Obama has been so bad at being President it does not even matter. Just a recessitation of the facts on the Obama economy are enough to revile most level headed voters. If Obama would have actually done his job instead of endlessly campaigning for the last three years he might have had a decent record.

    October 17, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. plain&simple

    Why is it so hard for the right wing to digest its better to gather information than to go off half cocked?. This is what intelligent people do. This is what good leadership is.

    October 17, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Buckeye


    The debate I watched had Romney as the clear winner.
    Poor Howie was not tuned in to the right channel last night or is severely confused. Psst Romney is the guy that looks like a gameshow host reject from the 1970s, the one that got fact checked and embarrassed for getting facts wrong on our President calling it a terrorist attack the very next day. Try again Howie.

    October 17, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    @Hammerer – You see what happens when one goes into a hostile environment, in a debate with Obama's hand picked moderator, picking the questions, controlling the debate by limiting answers, even vocally backing Obama's lie.
    Oh please..get a grip and grow up. Why is it when the GOP candidate gets creamed in a debate (shown up for what he really is) that the red state whiners come out in force blaming everyone but the source of failure – Willard.
    You weren't whining after the first debate where Romney supposedly "won" – despite him being rude, childish and boorish toward the mods – even going as far as to tell Jim that he intended to take his job even tho' he did like him.
    Willard deserved a come-uppance and that's what he got last night from both Crowley and Obama. Deal with it!

    October 17, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |

    Last night Obama said he told us the day after the Lybian attack. Of course, we all know that was a lie.. , even Candy.

    October 17, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Malory Archer


    White House politicized the killings the second they spun the lies about mythical protests and videos driving the pre planned 911 payback terrorist attack.


    I'm so sorry your television has been on the fritz since September 12 and you were unable to view video of violent protests at embassies & consulates all over the ME following the release of the movie. Ya know you can use your 'puter to view the videos as well. You should give it a try sometime – unless you're afraid of the effect the truth will have on your world view.

    October 17, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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