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. John

    The statements Romney deplores were issued BY THE EMBASSY in Cairo. They were MADE PRIOR TO THE ATTACKS. Romney's exploitation of this human tragedy for political positioning is "outrageous" and "disgusting."

    Romney is either deliberately deceptive or naively misinformed. Either way, he should pipe down and get out of the way before his inflammatory rhetoric ignites greater conflict.

    September 12, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Dave

    Shut up, Mitt. Stop the constant whining and negativity and for once, tell us what you would do about it.

    September 12, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |

    What's disgraceful is this coward of a man Willard Robmey politicizing a tragic event without full knowledge of the situation on the ground. I didn't hear an apology. What I heard from the President in his briefing this morning is that justice will be served. And that's all I want to hear right now.

    September 12, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. scmom

    He should let the "PRESIDENT" handle sensitive affairs. Just like the bully he is always blustering and then send someone else in to do the fighting. He has no say and it does not matter what the"PRESIDENT" does he will always disagree with it. Just issue the following statement for everything from now on "If the President is for it then I'm against, if he's against it then I'm for it".

    September 12, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ," and [Romney] said "America will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies."
    First of all, you DON'T speak for America, Robmey. That's the job of the President of these United States, Barack Obama.
    Secondly, shut the hell up and sit down someplace, and stop putting words into the President's mouth.
    Your fake bravado can put the nation in harm's way, and what will you do? Hide behind Christie?

    The President has done an outstanding job thus far in regards to foreign policy. He has all the intel, you have NONE.
    We trust him implicitly. You, NOT AT ALL.

    September 12, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Tom Joad

    "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."
    Wonder if Romney's sponsor, the illustrious Mr. Adelson, had a hand in this?

    September 12, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. joan

    Romney is a very lame and sick man. You can just see the wishy washiness in this guy. He just jump and leap at anything that he thinks will propel him in the polls. Yet when he is asked real question he brushed it off because he has no answer. More and more the American people will see that this man is not sound enough to be the President. This is a sad day for American and the World. Although we promote and want people to be able to have freedom of speech when it comes to FAITH. We must be mindful of hate and evil that some of these religion harbor. Thus, people have to stop stirring problems with them by making movies, burning books and just putting innocence people lives in danger. No the man who make the movie is gone into hiding. People who have to do diplomatic work in these countries can't do the same. So Romney is wrong in what he said and should just keep his mouth shut and be not so quickly to react, point finger.. blame blame blame.

    September 12, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Concerned in Ohio

    My problem with Romney and many republicans is that they sometimes run off at the mouth on security issues, without first gathering all the facts and then give an educated response based on those facts. If our nation rode into battle attack mode every time something happened we'd constantly be at war with every nation or isolated group of individuals that do not subscribe to our way of thinking. Romney needs to sit his butt down and exercise some patience, respond as oppose to react, and not make comments that could put other countries on the offensive. I'd really be afraid if he were president because he rushes to judgment before getting all of the facts (many he is not privy to in the first place).

    September 12, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Kiki

    Romney is way in over his head. He criticized President Obama, but gives no specific details of what he would do different. And to use the lost of life for political gain is disgraceful.

    September 12, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |

    Blah blah blah! Only criticism and No Critical Thinking!
    OBAMA 2012!

    September 12, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. RealityBites

    Meanwhile.., out here in Reality.
    400,000 Chicago children fall further behind while Obama's opinion on the Teacher's strike evolves.

    September 12, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. bob

    It sickens me that this man would use ANYTHING, and do ANYTHING to advance himself. He is not someone I want as my president.

    September 12, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. GI Joe

    Adelson willing to drop $100 Million into Romneys Pocket.

    THEN - get this -– Adelson will get tax cuts that will put more than a 2000% (that's 2 thousand percent) return on his money BACK IN HIS POCKET.

    And You think something is not FISHY?


    September 12, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. onroad1

    This is just unseemly. I can't ever remember a presidential candidate not closing ranks with the sitting administration in times of international crises. [Has it occurred to Romney that the Embassy put out that statement in an effort to calm things down???] I was undecided about the upcoming election, but Romney has just shown me that he is no statesman, and that he puts his self-interest way above the interest of our nation. It is small and petty.

    Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in Libya and to all of their colleagues in the State Department and Foreign Service. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    September 12, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. pc

    i just can't stand to watch this man speak! he is the disgrace in america right now with his billionairs that think they are intitled to the united states government to do as they please with the little people.
    god help us if this spinless little man ever gets his hands on any power.romney is a fraud an cheat and will be a puppet to the very ones that ruined us in the bush era. please voters look before you leap on voting day.

    September 12, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Judy

    I find it unconscionable for Romney to (not yet elected) step in and make comments about foreign affairs or any governmental news. He does not have all the information to entitle him to make good sound comments as to what he would do and use the situation as to how he differs from Obama. He can use his theories in the political debates instead of real time situations. It is like him going to England and Israel as if was an appointed emissary of our government when he has NO OFFICIAL capacity do so. It would be like me going to foreign countries and speak with dignitaries expressing that my views are those and the same as our country's view. IT IS WRONG for him to use situations for his own political advantage. He is not informed or have any high level security information to make opinions as to what he would do at any time. When he is elected, if elected, then he has the right. How arrogant his is and didn't we just go through one President recently for 8 years who left this country in a mess. Really, his performance in speaking about the Libyan incident which he completely fumbled around with words to express what he would do. This is a great example of a man NOT INFORMED. Shame on you Romney.

    September 12, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    I bet $10,000 Willard would not take himself and his five boys over to the middle east to bring those responsible to justice. Just him and his five boys....what do ya say, Willard??? Go get the varmints Romneys!

    Anyone who tries to politicize the death of a US official deserves the epic beating at the ballot box the chickenhawk Romney is about to get. What a sad desperate caricature of a campaign Willard has reduced himself to.

    September 12, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. WhatNow

    Mr. Romney...Your attempt to use this tragedy for political gain is very disturbing. We are the USA and we stand together in times of crisis. Your comments are very unprofessional, unpatriotic and dangerous.

    September 12, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Sorensen

    Poor, old Romney steps in it again. When does this fool learn to shut up when he does not know what he is talking
    about. Which is everything, except car-elevators.

    September 12, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. g

    Using the deaths of fellow Americans to build up your foreign policy chops is disgusting and disgraceful. Bad timing.

    September 12, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. rs

    Fresh from the map in order to locate Libya, Mr. Romney flip-flops some more to declare he's for Libyan independence more than Mr. Obama who "lead from behind" by being both not aggressive enough or conservative enough in his handling of the revolution in Libya, but now against Libya, Liyans, and Muslims in general because of recent events.

    Note to Mr. Romney: solid diplomacy means having a track record of consistent positions; it means not trying to turn every event into a campaign sound byte (you treasonous weasal), and; this isn't like Bain. You can't "fire" the Muslims. We all live in this world together- something the GOP hasn't grasped just yet.

    September 12, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Jan

    Mitt Romney is DESPARATE, and CLEARLY NOT READY FOR THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE!!! I continue to find the thought that he can win the presidency absolutely frightening!!!

    September 12, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. littlebug477

    Mr. Romney....Today is a day for mourning 4 courageous americans, not a day for making political points or criticisms!!!!!

    September 12, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Toto's Mom

    Who does Romney think he is, President? He has interfered in political issues that are not his business to get involved in until he is President, if he ever reaches that honor. In the meantime, he is ruining himself with first getting involved with England's government during the Olympics, now he is commenting about the Libyan killings. He is stepping way out of line. Never have I heard another candidate speak out like he is already the President. I believe Mr. Romney should keep his thoughts to himself and criticizing his President at this time. These issues are not Political issues, and politics should be kept out of Presidential issues at hand. Wake up Mr. Romney – you aren't the President. Respect what your President says. It the time comes that you make it, I am sure you would appreciate the same! These are issues of National Security and you are not in that circle. Stay out of it and let America respect what our President and Secretary of State are doing for our Country. Mr. Romney disgusts me for making these issues political and not respecting our American representatives that were killed. Shame on you, Mr. Romney. I am a woman, Independent voter and because of your actions, you are now crossed off my question marked decision as to who I will vote for. I am ashamed for you with your actions, Mr. Romney

    September 12, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Roger

    This behavior is unsettling on so many levels. It is clear that Mr. Romney is nowhere near ready to perform on the international stage – his comments should have been in support of the Administration's actions and sorrow and concern for the loss of life of our citizens and compassion for the families who mourn them. You acted disgracefully, Mr. Romney. Whoever is advising you should be fired immediately and you need to be quiet until you have all the facts and not use an American tragedy for your own personal gain – it doesn't work!

    September 12, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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