Romney to receive intel briefings starting next week
September 13th, 2012
04:08 PM ET
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Romney to receive intel briefings starting next week

Sterling, Virginia (CNN) - After Mitt Romney was knocked back on his heels for commenting on the diplomatic attacks in the Middle East before all of the facts were in, advisers to the GOP nominee said he has yet to receive national security briefings from the Obama administration.

But those briefings will begin next week, a campaign spokesperson told CNN on Thursday.

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"For the last several weeks, the Romney campaign has been in touch with the intelligence community to arrange intelligence briefings for Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan, consistent with tradition," the spokesperson, who declined to be named, told CNN. "They will begin next week and, beyond that, we will have no further comment."

It is customary in the latter stages of a general election campaign for presidential challengers to get these vital intelligence updates, regardless of which party is in power.

A top Romney foreign policy adviser acknowledged on Wednesday the death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya was not yet known to the campaign when it issued a statement that sharply criticized the president's handling of the crisis.

The initial statement released by the Romney campaign late Tuesday night did, however, note the death of an "American consulate worker."

A senior Romney strategist told CNN Thursday the campaign is confident the controversy sparked by the Republican contender's comments would blow over in time.

The strategist said Romney's criticism highlighted the "big differences" in the race.

- CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    "This was the apology embassy statement!!!! This administration has no clue! What a bunch of coward democrats..."

    Still using the blood of the innocent to make useless comments? You never shock, and you never surprise.

    September 13, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Travis

    @ Marie MD
    "Excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, but why should this private citizen pretending he wants to be president get any briefings on national security or how many times members of congress go potty?"

    Second paragraph in the article clearly states: It is customary in the latter stages of a general election campaign for presidential challengers to get these vital intelligence updates, regardless of which party is in power.

    ...and that's why he should get briefings on National Security.

    "And that pretty much answers all we need to know. He hasn't asked."

    And how do you know he hasn't asked for them? I seriously doubt you were there to confirm one way or another.

    September 13, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Paul_I

    At least Mitt's campaign now is trying to find a way out of the mess. That's a little bit of an improvement over trying double down on a gaffe. It is still the same strategy – blame Obama – but at least it doesn't make Mitt look like a fool.

    September 13, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. souptwins

    If I could get a rational explanation, that would be helpful. What difference does it make whether one worker or 4 people including the Ambassador were killed in how we respond to this? I still agree that it's inappropriate to apologize for the effects of free speech. I'm not understanding the supposed Romney blunder. Before a bunch of lib's jump down my throat- just explain what I'm missing. The US office in Arab issues an apologetic statement, Romney thinks that's inappropriate and says so. The next morning Obama condemns the acts (which he should) striking a different tone after seeing how the first statement came across.-- so where's the "blunder"? This sounds pretty normal to me.

    September 13, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Fabian Blache III

    On June 1st it was reported on CNN that Romney would begin to receive security briefings. "It's a long-standing practice for presidential candidates and select advisers to be provided intelligence briefings following the party's nominating convention," Shawn Turner, the spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told Security Clearance.

    What this says is that Romney's campaign has not made a move toward completing the process required in order to release the briefings since the conclusion of the RNC convention. Full artilce can be found here:

    The article ends thus "The administration began preparing to reach out to the Romney campaign this week (June 1st), given Romney's presumptive nominee status. The Romney campaign did not respond to a CNN Security Clearance request for comment."


    September 13, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. A Kickin` Donkey

    Mr. Romney, we REQUIRE 10 years worth of state & federal Income tax returns, as well as statement frrom those secretive, off-shore bank accounts before you job application can be considered.

    Kindly submit with deliberate speed.

    September 13, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Larry L

    When a person applies for a Top Secret/SCI clearance they must demonstrate honesty and character. A person who had to plea bargin their way out of tax court would most likely be refused the clearances. It's reasonable to assume Romney to be a poor security risk for these reasons.

    September 13, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Tominwoburn

    hahahaha, he doesn't even ask for the briefings and he goes off to run his mouth, trip all over himself and shoot his foot. What an idiot!

    September 13, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Considering half of mittens' team are rehashed from the eight year reign of error that ended on January 20, 2009. IMO, it's both hilarious and very telling that mittens' handlers shut up after being asked if they had ASKED the Obama Administration for said briefings. Obviously they hadn't. No way is mittens ready for the world stage.

    September 13, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Forget it

    You liberal! Have you heard that the State department has to correct Obama to say that Egypt is an ally? Wow, he does not know? Perhaps he did not get the briefing neither.

    Why you liberals are so fired up when Romney criticized the president? Where is the freedom of speech? Does Romney loose his first amendment right just because he is a presidential candidate?

    Wait until Obama runs to country to the ground if he was to be re-elected again!!! Don't cry if you loose your job!!!

    September 13, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Romney/Ryan = Bought & Paid For All Along

    I wouldn't give Romney the key to the executive latrine much less actual security information. Why trust him? We saw what he did in the middle of yesterday's crisis.

    September 13, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. BillC

    Come on guys! Give him his briefings! He earned them! Using them is something else! Didn't you see how presidential he looked yesterday when he called the Presidential News Briefings? He even took questions! LOL

    September 13, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. CryBabies

    Interesting...... President Obama, in a recent statement, today, was indecisive when asked if Egypt is an ally. His advisors are backpeddaling to fix that gaffe. He must be hanging with Biden more than neccesary these days.

    September 13, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Forget it

    The first successful attacks on American under Obama watch. I hope the administration will wake up to prevent more to come.

    September 13, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. wanda

    Mitt is very embarrassing! He does not need access to that type of information!! He is a head case.

    September 13, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Day by day Romney has talked his way OUT of ever being president. The man does not have the international experience nor knowledge to be constantly taking cheap shots at the president and the administration. He thinks he is so smart and has been caught time and again arrogantly spouting confusion and lies. He has talked himself out of any consideration for the White House and he doesn't even know it! because he Talks instead of Listening!!!

    September 13, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    "Why you liberals are so fired up when Romney criticized the president?"

    Not fired up a bit. Just reminding folks that we are at war and suggesting to you and others that it can only be a good thing for America if we tone down the hate.

    September 13, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Malory Archer

    Paul I, it makes him look like an even bigger fool as his handlers are so inept that they didn't KNOW they were SUPPOSED to ASK for them. You would think someone from the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's crew that's now working for him would have made that clear. That being said, I agree with the posters who said that in light of his words and actions over the last 36 or so hours, he really shouldn't be trusted with matters of national security. Remember when he was in London, and he was so proud that he couldn't wait to tell reporters about his meeting with MI-6 staff? Yeah, his even mentioning it was a security breach. Every day he and his handlers just provide more and more evidence of just how unsuitable for office he really is.

    September 13, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. independent

    I would agree with other posters: Romney has shown himself not to be trustworthy to act like an adult in an emergency. Why trust him with national security information?

    September 13, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Ancient Texan

    Does anyone actually expect the Obama administration to observe normal procedure and have security briefings sent to the candidate that they have pledged to "kill" by character assasination and slander?

    September 13, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. V in Chicago

    As an American Citizen, I do not feel comfortable with Mitt Romney being privy to National Security Information. He is not trustworthy and has sold this Country out before! We can not trust this man of many faces and lies!!

    September 13, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. normajean @ verizon ,com

    II'm surprised that you would print the diatribe by Kenny K, when I have seen more intellegent musings refused. This person is a very confused and caustic ,undereducated misfit!!!!

    September 13, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    Get over it Karina. While President Obama was in Las Vegas, mittens was pandering to deep pocketed diners at a private function in Jacksonville, and his wife was stinking ups the Largo Community Center, telling all the octogenarians who were there for the free refreshments that "help is on the way". I've no idea what she means by that, but that was also one of the battle cries of the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2000, and look where that got us!

    September 13, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    If he hasn't been receiving security briefings, then he REALLY needed to be smart enough not to open his mouth!! The fact he wasn't even WISE enough to realize that he didn't have enough information says a lot.

    September 13, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Malory Archer

    Deep pocketed doners

    September 13, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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