Romney: Obama handling of Libya, Egypt violence 'disgraceful'
September 11th, 2012
10:30 PM ET
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Romney: Obama handling of Libya, Egypt violence 'disgraceful'

(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday issued a paper statement sharply critical of President Barack Obama over his handling of violence in the Middle East earlier in the day.

“I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi," Romney said in the statement. "It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

The statement was released by the Romney campaign as the candidate arrived at the Jacksonville, Florida hotel where he was expected to spend the night.

Early Wednesday, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt issued a statement in response to Romney's statement.

“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack,” LaBolt wrote.

Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Libya • Mitt Romney
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Janet Wynn

    Well I am not surprised at the Obama team response to Mitt's "attack" but I was surprised that the president responded to the death with an apoligy to his killers! The attacks were very well planned for this very day to show the U. S. a thing or two and did we get the message? Obama showed us a thing or two also !!! America did you get the message !

    September 12, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  2. Iain

    Sean Smith, the American killed in Lybia, hated Mitt Romney's guts. If he had a shred of dignity you'll retract everything he's said about his death.

    September 12, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  3. Frank Cash

    President Obama is just that our President...he is supposed to lead...stop campaigning long enough to lead our nation for once and do something about the attacks on Americans in Egypt and Libya and stop cowering to our enemies! I would respect him more by putting America first...even during his campaign he is our do something to show he can lead and not follow!!!

    September 12, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Romney – Hot-head knee-jerk reactionary.

    President Obama – Cool head, calming thoughts and actions.

    Obama/Biden 2012 because we dont need a hot-head with his finger on the button.

    Let Adelson $$$$ and BiBi (war-monge4er) take care of themselves. NO MORE WARS.

    September 12, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  5. GI Joe

    I despise Mitt Romney – he's a hot-head. He has no core. Just $$$$$ in HIS pocket.

    September 12, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  6. Marty, FL

    Romney unfortunately shows again that he is not ready for foreign policy, foolishly choosing to inject his political posturing at a time of tragic loss.

    September 12, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  7. brd893

    this is the behavior of a desperate and dying campaign. He should produce his tax returns and quit flip flopping.

    September 12, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  8. doc19

    And this is the moment Romney lost my vote. A US Ambassador is dead, the guy isn't even in the ground yet, and the Romney campaign is making this political.

    You are an empty suit Governor Romney, and you will do anything if you think it will get you to the White House.

    September 12, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  9. PJ

    Romney, once again, has shown us his total lack of foreign policy intellect, compassion, judgement, and his inability
    to handle a crises. He just shoots off his mouth with his usual criticisms of the President, but has none for the
    idiots who made that stupid film that started this mess.
    Apparently, he actually released this statement before midnight, but told reporters to hold it until 12:01 out of
    respect for 9/11. This statement could have been released today, and it would have the same impact. I shudder
    to think what his response would have been if he were President.

    September 12, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  10. Dave

    No, what's disgraceful is Romney's distortion of the facts at a time like this in an attempt to gain political advantage. How incredibly disrespectful of those who have suffered and died to first and foremost attempt to turn it into a political opportunity.

    September 12, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
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