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

    This man is not a statesman. He tried to use this awful event for his own political purposes. That is what is really disgusting. What the embassy in Egypt was most likely trying to do was to diffuse the situation. Obviously they knew that the protestors were outraged by the repulsive American film and they were telling the protestors that they condemned it too and it did not represent their values either. Romney jumped the gun and now looks foolish and ill equipped to lead the foreign affairs of the most powerful country on earth. Pres. Obama and Sec. Clinton just handled it the way it should be done. They know that this is not the policy of the Libyan government but rather a cell of radical Muslims who use things such as this film to incite violence. People like this film maker, the crazy minister who burnt the Quran, the folks who posted horrible pictures of the Iraqi prisoners, the soldiers who treated dead bodies in a disrespecful manner and posted the pictures all need to rethink their actions and the results that they bring. Also, the US needs to rethink how they may be thought of by many countries overseas. Iraq was a sovereign country, had no ties to 911 and no WMD and they were invaded and coccupied by the US government who killed and wounded thousands of innocent families, destroyed the infrastructure and turned much of the country into rubble. Actions like this have inflamed the Muslim world and it may take generations to wipe out the hatred it has instilled. The US needs to thoughtfully look at the whole region, why it is such a tinder box and how to diffuse the tensions in a dignified and sensible way. Right now the US needs to stand together against this type of action against their citizens at the embassy and not use it as a political issue such as Mitt Romney has done. That only makes everything worse.

    September 12, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |

    Yikes! The embassy's statement preceded the protests. Romney jumped the gun. He is not ready for prime time.

    September 12, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. For Freedom

    Our Embassy's represent US soil overseas and and attack on them is the same as an attack on our homeland. Mitt Romney should point out the weakness of this president when it comes to the international stage. Obama's apology to the attackers as well as his dismissal to meet with the Israeli PM is disgraceful (but he will make it on the Letterman show). If Obama remains in office be prepared for many more days of mourning.

    September 12, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Candy Taylor

    Dispicable! He will pay dearly at the polls! Americans stand together in times of tragedy!

    September 12, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    Wow, Willard is so totally out of line and outstanding in his own mind! He totally goofed in the UK and the Olympics – hence the Mitt the Twit phrase – and now this? The right wing attack trolls seem to think that Mittens is what this country needs, I have had my doubts. But, if there ever was a chance of this independent voting GOP this go round, that is now gone. Today, Romney has shown his true lack of statesmanship and class with this latest attack on the POTUS. This man has no business even being the GOP candidate. I could care less about his wealth, religion of him being a family man. There's a time for politics and electioneering. Yesterday (9/11) was NOT one of those days, but Rove's attack team launched political ads against Senate Dem's, and now we have Romney's latest attack.
    Someone needs to put these people on a leash and require they get a sensitivity training refresher class. This is typical Romney... attack, attack, attack. He says trust me people, we'll move the country forward, 12 million jobs, 20% tax cut, blah, blah, blah.
    How are you going to do that? Which tax loopholes? Oh, NOT the ones you and the 1% use to offshore your wealth you say. Details please, and WHERE ARE YOUR TAX RETURNS ?????

    September 12, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Woman In California

    "America will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies."


    He makes me sick is. Is he planning to send his sons out to fight these wars or just ours?
    He proves more and more each day he is not worthy or capable of being CIC and we must not let him anywhere near the White House, or we will regret it in the lives or our children.

    September 12, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Saul - Virginia independent

    ROmney's response to this crisis just makes me appreciate having pres Obama in office. He should be ashamed of himself for perpetuating the lie that the president apologizes for America, which there is no evidence of. The media should call him out on it!!!

    September 12, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. New Moon Rising

    Romney is quickly becoming irrelevant .. even by those in the GOP , .... who secretly can't stand the man ... all we have to do is rewind the primary to hear what EVERY ONE of His OPPONENTS have said about him ... they don't trust and they ALSO WANTED TO KNOW WHERE HIS TAX RETURNS ARE ?? I have very conservatice family members that tell me they will vote for him against obama, but they tell me right to my face they don't like Romney either... they just consider him the least of two evils ... which makes Thanksgiving at my house ... very interesting ...

    September 12, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. B.

    Romney again displays his incompetence in understanding critical situations and moving without sensitivity and going political at an inappropriate time, as usual. The man continues to show us all that he is not a person to deal with being a steady leader and responding only to what his handlers tell him to do for political advantage!
    He reacts to situations and then changes his stance later to counter what he already has said in ignorance and Flops in the opposite direction.

    He is the perfect weather vane as he has been described!

    September 12, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. ExRepublican

    Romney is a disgrace to our country. Romney please keep your mouth shutt on foreign we dont need anymore wars.

    September 12, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. lou

    This guy, surrounded by all the former Bush cronies, is just itching for a war with Iran, already. His reaction to this shows he is too reactionary to be commander in chief. Difference between Republicans and Democrats seems to be that republicans look for reasons to go to war, while democrats are blasted for look for reasons to keep americans out of war.

    September 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. SafeJourney

    Romney, really? Politicizing the deaths of an American Ambassador and Americans. SHAME on you!!!
    Romney is NOT qualified to represent America on the international stage.

    September 12, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. joedwsb

    And this person wants us to elect him president. What a sad day for all Americans. Like several of these posts have noted – this type of situation should never be used to score political points, regardless of political party. All this Romney person can do is blast the president and throw a tantrum on anything or everything the POTUS says or does. What a shallow little man he is displaying for us. I may not agree with Obama on everything, but he consistently shows us to be a professional and level-headed man who cares about all americans regardless of political party. Romney is no match for Obama on so many levels. Obama has won my vote.

    September 12, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. myviewis

    [Has it occurred to Romney that the Embassy put out that statement in an effort to calm things down???]

    So Romney is correct that the Obama administration sent mixed messages, mixed signals. What you're saying is that the statement was not believable because it was an effort to calm things down.

    September 12, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. violet edwards

    your comments are all right and god bless you all for seeing what this man is,i look for the family's of this man and the men that were killed,i send them prayers for there family.We live in the most greatest country in the world and we need to keep it that way,to make shore we don't loose the respect that we do have.we need to stay strong.

    September 12, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Malory Archer

    Why doesn't mittens condemn the hateful minister who funded and backed the movie in question?

    Because as Mitt so succinctly stated over the weekend, God gives "us" our "rights" to infringe "our" beliefs on the world. Reminds me of GW ... same outlook, same results. Who needs Gods blessings when we have folks believing we can do anything under God, including ... well, you know what I mean.

    This man Mitt Romney is extremely dangerous. No getting around it.

    September 12, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Essie

    This is so low of Mitt Romney! He is so captivated in winning & trying to defeat Pres. Obama (which he won't), that he is blind-sided that "American lives were lost!" ...He is pathetic for trying to gain political points, when he should be thinking about those Americans lives & their grieving love ones. *HE WON'T GET MY VOTE!*

    September 12, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. myviewis

    Governor Romney is correct in speaking out and I agree we should not apologize for our values and American Leadership is necessary in the regions, we cannot lead from behind.

    September 12, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. violet edwards

    Romney is not my pick for pres he needs to grow up and quit thinking this is a game because this not.

    September 12, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Sue

    Mitt Romney has finally proven that he is a true minor-league player when it comes to politics. We have always known that he has wealth, and we now know that money doesn't breed class! The fact that he was unable to admit that he made a mistake last night with his criticism of President Obama and that it was important to continue "campaigning" in his speech this morning, made it clear that his understanding of world politics is non-existent! After listening to CNN this morning through several reports and speeches, from both sides of the parties, I only heard 2 republicans (Reince Priebus and Newt Gingrich) who insisted on continuing their ugly campaign rhetoric as opposed to coming together as Americans. Considering the source, one shouldn't be surprised.

    September 12, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Romney the Puppet Liar will do and say anything. He has nothing to offer. There is no way I believe he has the United States of America's best interest at heart. I do know Romney's interests are in the 1%'ers funding his campaign to destroy this country of the freedoms we have. He does not care a bit about the other 99%'ers.

    September 12, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Joan

    If you notice, the Presdient spoke to the tragedy, gave facts, made sincere condolences to the families of those killed, spoke highly of those individuals and called for justice. He reminded everyone that the tragedy was carried out by a small group of radical Muslims not the Libyan government. He not once used this whole tragedy for political purposes as someone else has been trying to do. There is such a huge difference in the cababilities and judgement of the two men running for the office of president.

    September 12, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. New Moon Rising

    As a fellow conservative, i just don't know what I am going to do this November... there's simply NOBODY to Vote for ... I thought I might be able to pull the lever for Romney, but today has been the last straw ! I cannot , in good conscience, vote for a man whose Incendiary remarks during the unfolding of such a Delicate and diplomatic crisis would be like a firefighter throwing a molitav cocktail into a burning building while blaming his neighbor for being the arsonist ... This man just lost my vote !! I will write in Ron Paul ...

    September 12, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. annieL

    And this is the man we want to give the command to start World War 3, or as the fundamentalist fanatical Christian fringe of America call it, Armageddon? Now, in his desperation to get elected when he feels the Oval Office slipping from his grasp, he inflames the entire Arab world against us. He clearly wants a holy war. This man is dangerous. PLEASE do not vote for him. If you have sons, husbands, brothers of draft age, do not seal their fate with a vote for Romney.

    September 12, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Lisa P

    So instead of waiting for the facts or seeking out more information so he can better understand the situation, Romney tries his best to pour more gasoline on the fire. Disgraceful, and certainly not the way I want our foreign policy to be run. Perspective, Mitt - the mob that attacked our embassy were a bunch of idiots being provoked by another bunch of idiots; the present Libyan government is ON OUR SIDE. We should be working with them to get the violent armed idiots under some sort of control, not shooting off our mouths 'cause it feels good and we think it gives us some kind of temporary political advantage, LIKE SOME KIND OF IDIOT.

    What a sad response to the tragic deaths of four US diplomats who were working to improve the situation in Libya. Mitt needs to learn to just shut up sometimes. Now he owes them and their families and the US government and the Libyan government an apology, and a proper tribute to the dead.

    September 12, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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