BREAKING: Romney renews criticism of Obama's Libya response
September 12th, 2012
10:31 AM ET
10 years ago

BREAKING: Romney renews criticism of Obama's Libya response

(CNN) - Mitt Romney blasted the Obama administration on Wednesday for a statement he said was made by the U.S. Embassy in Egypt after its security was breached, calling it "akin to an apology" that was "disgraceful" and adding that the president assumes responsibility for all communications from U.S. diplomats.

Romney, during a press conference in Florida, called the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy personnel "outrageous" and "disgusting," and said "America will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies."

The Republican presidential nominee first released a statement Tuesday night.

Filed under: 2012 • Libya • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. Marty, FL

    Romney chooses again to double-down on his irresponsible behavior. Sad.

    September 12, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Legalize Reason

    Mr. Romney, stay out of foreign affairs. Your jingoistic, self promoting comments can only hurt our national interests, which you are not in a psoition to even comprehend at this point. I hope that you do not start threatening to send other people's sons (and of course not your own) over there to show them Arabs a thing or two.

    September 12, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Greg in Arkansas

    Romney's ignorance and arrogance on foreign affairs leaves me sad...maybe he should remain "speechless" until he has the facts...

    September 12, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Romney the Puppet Liar, you are NOT, I repeat NOT the POTUS. So please, just shut up and try to do something about your low poll numbers.

    September 12, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. livingston

    When we were attacked on 9/11 we all pulled together and stood strong. Political parties no longer mattered. All that mattered was we were Americans. Now, when we are attacked again and make no mistake this was an attack on American, the left is using it to attack the President. Anyone who uses this to attack the 'other side' is no American. That goes for presidential candidates, too. You Mr Romney, are no American.

    September 12, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Bill

    All he can do is attack. Listen up Mittens and your inept advisors – – it does not work.

    September 12, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. bb

    Sorry Mitt, our lameo leader is too busy campaigning to care about the problems he brought on the U.S. the whole world knows what a pansy he is. when u take over u can right a wrong. Look forward to seeing u in office and Oblameo out in the cold.

    September 12, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Critical Thinking

    I think that Romney's response albeit a little rough on the President is exactly what Americans want to hear from their leader. No more hand holding, no more apologizing, no more if we give you aid will you like us policy. We need to reverse the course this president has put us on with regard to our position in the world. We are America, we lead, we don't follow. We support democracy, not tolerate radical response to our Soverign Territory or to our people around the world. It should be made clear that an attack on an Embassy in any part of the world is an attack no different than if it was on our own soil and will be responded to as if the attack took place here. Strength is what is respected by these radicals, nothing else will work.

    September 12, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |

    And yet somehow..., the lamestream media is ok with Obama's late response and the related thousands of deaths.
    Ironically, much the same way the lamestream media is doing with Obama's evoling opinion on Syria and the related thousnads of deaths there.

    September 12, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Scott E

    The President is not technically responsible for our diplomatic relations with other countries, that just happens to be the responsibility of Congress who approved those diplomats.
    They also do other neat stuff, like approve our Treaties with foreign countries. They have the responsibility of our diplomats' actions for no one else hired those people. The President can only submit for approval these people – Congress makes the final word and takes all the responsibility.

    Romney clearly does not have a clue how our government works. He should be on a beach somewhere getting a bad tan, not trying to pretend he knows how to run a country.

    September 12, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Nice pivot. Now can you answer the question?

    From the AP:

    "Bacile, a California real estate developer who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew, said he believes the movie will help his native land by exposing Islam’s flaws to the world. “Islam is a cancer, period,” he said repeatedly, his solemn voice thickly accented.

    The two-hour movie, Innocence of Muslims, cost $5 million to make and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors, said Bacile, who wrote and directed it. The film claims Muhammad was a fraud. The14-minute trailer of the movie that reportedly set off the protests, posted on the website YouTube in an original English version and another dubbed into Egyptian Arabic, shows an amateur cast performing a wooden dialogue of insults disguised as revelations about Muhammad, whose obedient followers are presented as a cadre of goons. It depicts Muhammad as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse, among other overtly insulting claims that have caused outrage.

    Why are they calling this an American movie? It was filmed by an Israeli.

    September 12, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. rccgcitadelofglory

    Here you go again Mr. Romney. You seize every unfavorable situations to launch an attack on our dear president. When will you stop all these your attacks and focus your energy on what you are going to do if elected. Anyway I cannot blame you since you do not have anything for us. All you have is attack the President.

    September 12, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Chaz

    Atleast Clint Eastwood showed that Mitt's bid for the Whitehouse is nothing more than a joke.

    September 12, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. ST

    What is wrong with Romney and his entire team? I have never seen things like this before. The pretending has now crossed the line. First I heard them in one of the interview with his wife Ann that they have discussed how they will decorate the White House. Second, I didn't understand it during their convention in Tampa, Romney did it as if it was "State of Union " time, came through the red carpet and greeting each individual. Today, giving the speech as if he is already the man incharge of the country and taking questions at the same time. Gee, how far this dream will go? Should we expect next time hearing him saying: "I don't agree with this, and I will use my VETO?"

    September 12, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. jack

    It's high time that someone stood up to this, while President Obama apologizes and sweeps it under the rug.

    September 12, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |

    Syria, Lbyia, Egypt, Israel, Russia. Obama's GREAT Foriegn Policy.., according to CNN and the rest of the lamestream.

    September 12, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, good for him because if there is anything I dislike more, it's a candidate running for president sticking his nose in that which hasn't got anything to do with him or his campaign.

    Go for it, Mr. Mittens. Put on those big boy pants and "blast" away.

    September 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. incredulous

    Romney really needs to shut up before he makes things worse. This man should never be allowed to hold public office.

    September 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. New Moon Rising

    as Always , Mittens is keeping it classy by wading into foreign policy where he has no experience, no internal knowledge, no consideration for delicate diplomacy and no respect for the Office he's trying to achieve, or the people that place presidents into that office.. the only thing Mittens can relate to a foreign front is his American Dollars in Foreign Bank accounts so he can avoid keeping those revenues in the USA ... this man doesn't even deserve to Run for President, much less be the president ... and why would Annie Romney say it's "THIER TURN" ??? Hey Mittens, stop hiding your TAXES !

    September 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |

    Hey Romney! Word salad does not equal foreign policy experience. You tried to get it by going abroad this summer and you were an epic failure. Go away.

    September 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    Why doesn't mittens condemn the hateful minister who funded and backed the movie in question? The guy incited violence against Americans abroad from the safety of his keyboard. He did the same thing last year with his Koran burning. His actions go well beyond free speech, and when two elderly women can be assaulted by sychophants for having the audacity to unfurl a banner critical of a president, and then arrested for inciting the violence wrought upon them by said sychophants, how can the hater who got people killed NOT be?

    September 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Expat American

    Romney should save his tough talk for his concession speech.

    September 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. sonny chapman

    Well Mitt, why not send any of your 5 Healthy Sons over there to slap a few people around; like you SAID you would have done if you'd gone to Vietnam. LITMUS TEST: Any Repub. that wants war MUST send their own kids, grandkids or their gated community neighbors kids.

    September 12, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Pa Voter

    He can claim this is Geordge Bushes economy, but this is certainly Obama's World! Mob rule and chaos !.

    September 12, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. jack

    It's time that someone stood up to this, while President Obama apologizes and sweeps it under the rug.

    September 12, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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