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. The Halls For Obama

    Which war did President Obama start. Jack, Obama have not apologizes for any thing the man is black get the hell over it.

    September 12, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. doodlemo

    If ever, Mr. Romney, had an opportunity to offer thoughtful statesmanship, it was today. He blew it. Who in the world are his advisors? Thank goodness he has shown his poor skills in time.

    September 12, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. RealityBites

    Nothing like diverting attention away from Obama's dismal response in Chicago.

    September 12, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Stanley

    WE ARE AMERICANS – NOT POLITICAL PARTIES. Romney needs to take a moment to think about that. In a time of tragedy, we console those who have lost a loved one and BRING THE PERPETRATORS TO JUSTICE. We don't try to score poltical points. Romney showed no class, no character and no morals. SHAME ON HIM.

    September 12, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. zp

    America needs a new Commander-in-Chief. Romney is loyal to the american values, and doesn't apologize for who we are as a nation!

    September 12, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. David

    Romney puts his wimpy campaign above the security of this country. Yesterday, Romney and the Republicans, instead of thanking Obama for capturing Bin Laden, they whine and rant. They are down in the polls and desperate. Romney's only experience in foreign policy is when he went to England and disrespected our ally; maybe he thought he could get a few votes. And he spent time as a missionary in France, as a teenager. None of his sons are enlisted. This panderer should shut up and rally around our president and country and put his petty whines in the closet.

    He most likely is realizing he cannot buy the election, with all the millions from a few billionaires, so he needs to trash this President and our country. He wants to go back to the economic and foreign policies of George W. Bush; with all the bluster and noise, but doing nothing. He can do more by keeping quiet, or how about supporting the President of the United States.

    September 12, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Thomas

    Is this what a Romney foreign policy wold be ?

    Are his sons advising him ?

    September 12, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. once upon a horse

    you can tell which side is LOSING in this race at the present time. Mitt will do or say ANYTHING even before he gets all the information to go negative on Obama because that is really all he has. Even is right wing base right now is questioning the way this sorry campaign is being run. If he had Romney in office he would probably send troops over there to attack Libya for what one group of idiots over there did. Mitt is losing it and it shows.

    September 12, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Scott

    Willard condemns the President for the embassy statement not denouncing the attack on the embassy, even though the embassy statement was released BEFORE the attack on the embassy? So now Willard wants the US Government to be clairvoyant?

    September 12, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Malory Archer


    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.


    Who on the left is attacking President Obama?

    September 12, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |

    By the way, SOS Clinton condemned the attack yesterday, 10pm est. In case Mr. Romney is not aware, SOS Clinton is part of the Obama administration. So, WTF is he talking about? I just don't get this guy's angle!!!!

    September 12, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |


    Sorry, GOP. You had your chance with Huntsman. Your nominee is toast!

    September 12, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Republican who supports President Obama

    Willard, Willard, Willard....when there are adults in heated discussion the person who wins is the one with the cool head. In this situation we have ONE leader at a time. Arm chair quarterbacking does not help the situation at all. I want to know if you considered the starting point of the whole confrontation? They are angry for a rumored movie for goodness sake. You have to quell the anger first.

    Willard I will classify this as another failure point for your candidacy. You have proven yet again you are not fit for the office you are seeking.

    September 12, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. incredulous

    I hope this most recent act of stupidity and carelessness on Romney's part buries forever his political career. He needs to go live in whatever country he's stashed his money in.

    September 12, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Republican who supports President Obama

    What do you want to do Mitt. Start another war? Claim these folks have WMDs also. You have to be kidding me. What a joke of a critique.

    The response our President and the steps taken by our President's administration is totally okay with me. Knee-jerk responses without understanding all of the facts or the situation on the ground does not help.

    September 12, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Michael K

    Imagine a Democrat saying the same things while Bush was President – in the aftermath of deadly attacks on US Embassies, slandering the people who were killed and injured and using the opportunities to attack the POTUS.
    You can't, can you? Because it would be outrageous, heartless, and foolish to the extreme, a partisan folly that would be political and social suicide.
    And you know that that the Democratic Party and a majority of the Americans would denounce anybody who would attempt to politicize attacks on embassies and the killing of consular staff.
    This is proof that Romney and Republicans are just that desperate. They will oppose everything and anything that Obama says and does, and they will not hesitate to dishonor and defame Americans who have been injured and killed.

    September 12, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. FactCheck

    Not too surprising coming from someone whose only foreign policy expertise is figuring out which Cayman Island to hide his assets in.

    September 12, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. FactCheck

    Does Mitt even realize that the statements made by the US Embassy BEFORE the attack?
    Probably not, since that would require him knowing and understanding facts.

    September 12, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Romney and his misleading statements are going to cause him to lose the election. He has been criticizing a measured statement released by the White House *before* the violence as if it were the official press release coming *after* the violence. Romney is counting on your ignorance of this most basic fact. This most recent deception rises to the level of being an outright lie, and is awarded 5 Pinocchios. I know it is a scale of 1 to 4, but he gets an extra one for lying to himself.

    September 12, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. TrinityLee

    What is outrageous here Mr. Romney is the fact that you and your camp couldn't wait to pounce on Mr. Obama and his team. What is outrageous Mr. Romney is that you could not wait until after the anniversary of 9/11 to release an attack on the current President. What is outrageous Mr. Romney is that if you would have exercised patients, you might not look this callus and clumsy. What is outrageous Mr. Romney is that your statement that was released sound so unbelievably tone-deaf to foreign matters that impact us so severely.

    What is more outrageous to me Mr. Romney is the fact that you are a serious Republican candidate for President of the United States of America. Outrageous...

    September 12, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Dave

    I love it when draft-dodging chickenhawks like Romney think they are qualifed to lecture on such matters.

    September 12, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. Alex

    I think the issue is much bigger than attack on embassy. The Spring rising in Middle-east is not a good thing for the world. The leaders who are thrown out were more westernized than radical population who has the control now. We might be happy for Mubarak, Gaddafi, and other leaders including Saddam Hussein are removed but the people who are going to replace them are going to more more radical Muslims as their population is more fundamentalist. Think about it – Iraqi is more following more Islamic laws than followed by Saddam. Same is happening in Libya and Egypt.

    Actually, showing that we are really hurt – in middle-east will think that they have won. The statement has to be very balanced and that we are not going to give up easily.

    September 12, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. myviewis


    Not too surprising coming from someone whose only foreign policy expertise is figuring out which Cayman Island to hide his assets in

    What foreign policy experience does Obama have, he's a kid from beautiful Hawaii, went to Europe on vacation, visited Indonesia several times because he was raised in Hawaii by grandma and went 3 weeks or so to Pakistan to visit his rich friend. Oh yes, he vacationed in Australia. And as a Senator he visited foreign countries for brief moments. He's a kid from Hawaii, beach, sand, mountains.

    September 12, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Mike Texoma

    Is it just me, or does it seem to others that Mitt Romney is beginning lash out without thinking. He seems to be under the gun – desparate to win this election. But reasonablle people watching this will conclude that he lacks the balance, diplomacy, and the self-control that is required to be President of the United States. Surely his base will stay with him and vote for him in November, but I can see this sort of outburst, when our natinal response should be unified, as off-putting to independents and undecideds.

    Going back to the issue of character and of values, I think this finds him lacking.

    September 12, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC


    Does Mitt even realize that the statements made by the US Embassy BEFORE the attack?
    Probably not, since that would require him knowing and understanding facts.
    Actually, I would bet you $10,000 that the Romney campaign is fully aware of the fact that the inital statement from the White House came before the violence. They're counting on the fact that the general public is unaware of it, just to score some political points. It is a sign of dire desperation within the Romney camp.

    September 12, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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