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. Deb in MT

    It was bad enough last night, when Mittens blundered up to the mic–magically turning a statement made by the US Embassy in Egypt BEFORE the riots into an 'apology' by the President AFTER the riots.

    Now, Mittens is just repeating last night's lie.

    Why not wait until you have all the facts before you open your big mouth? I am thoroughly sick of the 'shoot from the lip' that is trying to pass itself off as stern diplomacy from Mitt and his gang that can't shoot straight.

    Heaven help us if this idiot gets elected: he makes GWB seem thoughtful and competent in comparison.

    September 12, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Deb in MT

    "Is it just me, or does it seem to others that Mitt Romney is beginning lash out without thinking."

    Nope, it's not just you, Mike.

    September 12, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Jim P

    Once again I am so glad that we have a real President instead of a romney

    September 12, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Juls

    I feel like screaming!!

    Does anything and everything have to be politicized?

    Romney needs to take a moment and realize this is real life – innocent lives have been lost here and many more are at risk of being lost.
    It infuriates me that he would use his human tragedy to further his political standing!

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

    myviewis wrote:

    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.
    1- Thanks for admitting that Pres. Obama is originally from Hawaii.
    2- Pres. Obama has had 3 1/2 years of foreign policy experience as POTUS, and 4 as a junior member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee.
    3- The rest of what you wrote needs to be reported to the mental health authorities.

    September 12, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. New Moon Rising

    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 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    This guy for POTUS??????????????? Shame, USA shame.

    September 12, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. M Garr

    I keep thinking about that 3:00am call at the White House.
    I don't want it to be Mr. Romney who answers

    September 12, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Vote the republicans and the baggers out in 2012.

    Our early voting starts Oct. 8. I will vote Oct. 8 for President Barack Obama.

    September 12, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. jim mceachern

    romoney is out of touch with whats going on in the world much less the USA

    September 12, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Reggie

    This man Romney is dangerous. he has no shame trying to profit from anything whether it is the death of a great American ambassador or the loss of jobs through his downsizing or outsourcing to China! Romney is a disgrace !!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Let him self implode!

    Where are your taxes Mitt Romney? Give us a glimpse of your character and release them.

    September 12, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. teacheng

    This is ridiculous now. When will the "journalists" at CNN start calling Romney what he is...a liar?

    September 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Pete

    @ Deb,no, you're right and as usual he has to lie as usual to get out of his ignorent gaff..He'll just get his staff to put out a public statement attacking Pres.Obama again with some senseless lies,he's running out of time you know because he's falling in the polls and the debates aren't far off,his goose is slowing cooking ..Why would Pres.Obama need as much campaign money as Romney,Romneys killing his own campaign by himself ,why ruin it!!Money can't buy intelligence,you can see it with Romney,its not working is it!!

    September 12, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Lee Morgan

    Mr. Romney didn't tell the American people that the statement the Ambassador of Egypt made was before the deaths in Libya, and was used to try to cool off the situation since lives were at stake. It was interesting that Mitt expected the Ambassador to read the rights Americans have in the midst of the attack on the embassy, instead of being overly concerned that lives could be lost. Yes, free speech is important but Mr. Romney evidently does not understand that both the Israeli filmmaker, and the so called pastor's intent was to enflame the Middle East. I am sure the families of those who lost their lives can take comfort from Romneys support of freedom of speech. There is a reason why it is unlawful to yell "Fire!" in theaters. However that may change under a Romney Presidency. The Pastor has been responsible for enflaming the Middle East before, when lives were also lost. He is the best recruitment tool that terrorist organizations have in the Middle East. I respect the President for not politicizing these sad events. I thought nothing would make me feel the Romney-Ryan campaign could get any sleazier than when Ryan broke bread with firemen for a photo-op on 9/11 after voting twice against the Bill to monitor and provide funds for the health problems of first-responders in New York after 9/11. The third time he didn't vote but said it was "another entitlement" even though it was paid for by closing loopholes on foreign corporations.Guess he had to check with his "Dear Leader" Norquist, about the word tax. Romney however, doesn't understand the need to explain that most Americans would not denigrate another religion, and that the Ambassador was trying to resolve the situation before American lives were lost. Does Romney realize that films as well as enflamatory speech have consequences? The Pastor and his Israeli filmaker knew what happened before when the Pastor burned the Quaran, and they just didn't care how many lives would be lost this time. But Romney has told the world that free speech, and its consequences are more important than the families of those who lost their lives, and he can stand with the movie manager who explains to the family members of those who were trampled to death that now anyone can yell Fire! in a crowded space, because its our "Right". It was important for the Romney-Ryan team to show how ill-prepared they are to govern. They needed to politicize these events. How incredibly sad.

    September 12, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Larry

    Romney seems smart, good looking and very smooooth–But-Oh so unpresidential!!

    September 12, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Newme1

    Romney should shut up before he makes things worse! Period.

    September 12, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. rob

    Again, Romney is right. The State dept people released an appology for an obscure video which has been out for 2 months that was used to provoke violence in Egypt and Libya. Later they tried to walk it back when it was disavowed by the Administration. Romney stood by his comments and rightfully so. Now The administration with the help of his friends here at CNN is trying to 1 sound tough and 2 call into question Romney's perfectly correct statement.

    BTY, talk about politicizing things, Anderson Cooper and many liberal media types spent hours yesterday on the aniversary of 9/11 trying to Blame Bush for not stopping the attack. What a disgusting double standard from the media.

    September 12, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. fp737

    Unbelievable, Mitt. Obama has handed you 4 years' worth of ammunition you could effectively use to your benefit, but you keep pointing the weapons at yourself! ANY experienced politician knows that you NEVER politicize national tragedy until well after the dust has settled and all the facts are in. This is going to backfire big time. I'm beyond disappointed, because I actually believed Mitt was marginally more capable of dealing with our fiscal crisis than Obama, but it looks like he's unwittingly handing 4 more years to Barack. Fabulous.

    September 12, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. labman57

    Perhaps Romney believes that the U.S. should storm each of these Middle East nations, guns blazing with a "shoot first and to hell with the questions" attitude.

    Sorry Mitt. This is the real world, not a Clint Eastwood movie.

    September 12, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Lynna

    I think that the journalists writing these reports are biased – very biased and not in Mit Romney's favor. Professional broadcasting used to teach how to report the news in a unbiased way without giving slant on it for personal opinion etc. This obviously is a LOST art – or else the company paying the bills here and doing the hiring no longer requires a journalist to write a unbiased article based on facts alone. Sensationalism bordering on slander...... for example.... word crafting choosing to call Mr. Romney a 'nominee' rather than a Presidential Candidate are all intentional. CNN was once respected as unbiased news reporting – now know as new reporting for the 'left'. Ok, so..... if you want to be taken seriously show equal respect in all your reports to all candidates and President Obama is for the purposes of the next 4 years, JUST a candidate. One who is not very popular in the polls at this time.

    September 12, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    teacheng wrote:

    This is ridiculous now. When will the "journalists" at CNN start calling Romney what he is...a liar?
    Credible journalists do not offer opinions in their "news." That is what is done at Fox News, and only at Fox News. When you start to offering opinions with the news, then your article ceases being news and becomes an op-ed.

    September 12, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. gr8usa

    Apparently Romney didn't actually read the statement from the Egyptian Embassy. 1. That was not an apology (seriously, look it up and read it). 2. It was issued before the protests ramped up in an attempt to calm the angry reaction to a stupid video created and released for the sole purpose of creating unrest.

    September 12, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. WingedPegasus

    Really? Romney is ignorant on foreign policy? We have American citizens dead including a U.S. Ambassador (unheard of in modern times) as well as potential breaches of the Egyptian Embassy all, happening as the Muslim Brotherhood celebrates the killing of 3000 Americans on 9-11 and, there are the brain dead here who would blame Romney? Incredible. Obama and his mid east foreign policy is a miserable failure. His Arab Spring and hand over of Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and soon Syria to the Al Qaida affiliated Muslim Brotherhood is an outrage and this presidents failure to respond while apologizing while our people are left dead is criminal. And, that empty headed Hilary Clinton being talked about as "Presidential Timber" by the neo com/socialist elite is perhaps the greatest outrage.

    September 12, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Lisa P


    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
    How does the Cairo Embassy's statement that we respect all religions and condemn those who seek to insult or denigrate any religion with the intention of provoking violence conflict with American values? "Free speech" doesn't cover shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater. If American values mean anything they need to be respected and promoted by us abroad as much as they are at home; otherwise they are just empty words.

    I might add, if you defend the idiot who made this film solely on the grounds that he lives in America (and therefore is one of "us") then you are just as stupid as the idiots who attacked our embassies, blaming our government, and by extension our whole country, for the insults hurled by one loudmouthed moron who "expected this sort of response" and now has caused damage - deaths - that can never be repaired. His new name is Mud and he needs to be permanently kicked to the curb. Unlike the statesmen he got killed or the US Embassy in Cairo he represents only anti-American values. He is reprehensible filth.

    September 12, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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