Romney, Ryan receive intel briefings
September 27th, 2012
11:53 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney, Ryan receive intel briefings

(CNN) – Mitt Romney received his second intelligence briefing Thursday at an office building in Herndon, Virginia, an outer suburb of Washington.

Romney's first briefing came September 17 at an FBI building in Los Angeles, less than one week after criticizing President Barack Obama over the attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya.

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Romney's team did not say who in the national intelligence community provided the briefing.

The briefings are a customary measure in the latter stages of a general election campaign for presidential challengers, regardless of which party is in power.

Michael Steel, a spokesman for GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, confirmed Thursday that Ryan had also received an intelligence briefing, first reported by ABC News, though declined to provide further details.

CNN's Shawna Shepherd, Rachel Streitfeld and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. DaveC

    I sure would like to see the look on both of their faces when they get to see the foreign policy madness that confronts this President every single day. Remember that Romney is the same nuckelhead that went on a foreign policy trip two months ago and bungled it so badly he is still reeling from that fiasco. Is there anyone he did not insult on that trip? Him and Ryan keep screaming to high heaven that Obama will not meet with Netanyahu. How do they know Obama is not talking to him? Good old "Bennie" has been manipulating the truth for so long I really doubt he knows what the truth is any more. Romney and Ryan (and the rest of the republican party) are darn fools to believe anything that comes out of his mouth.

    Personally, I think briefing both of these guys is an absolute waste of taxpayer's money. They probably don't have the interest or intellect to absorb what the briefers are saying to them. The briefings are either going over their heads or not being absorbed at all. Worse yet, what little they do absorb they will slip up and say in a speech. Both of these guys don't seem to be able to engage brain before putting mouth in gear.

    September 27, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. griffbos

    is it me or is Mitt looking a bit ragged these days, ...not sure it is just bad camera angles or what ......but if he looks this ragged what is he going to look like after just a few months in the WH will he make it even a full year in ofiice before Ryan will have to take over.............. is who I read these fotos.............

    September 27, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Wake up people!

    I'm just wondering how long it will take for one of these yahoos to use this intel to bash the POTUS. Not long, I'm sure, but the best part is it will be over in a little more than a month.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 27, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. California Gary

    Good.......if there is anyone in this country that could use some additional "intelligence"'s these two guys. They are severely lacking in this area.

    September 27, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Kirk in michigan

    I think weve seen quite enough of mitts foriegn policy skills. i can onlly imagine what other world leaders must think after his tour? makes us all look like idiots for him even being on the ballot. *SIGH*....... i dont ,cant, understand how he could mistake that for anything other than disaster. you werent even involved. the sooner he is put in his place the better

    September 27, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. rodguy911

    Seems zero missed 60% of his briefings. At least the next potus will not have that problem.Doesn't really matter since Valerie Jarret is the defacto potus anyway. Ozero is only good on the golf course, fund raising or campaigning as long as the prompter is up and running.He is an illegal joke.

    September 27, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Rhonda Rahn

    Romney's foreign policy is visiting his money in the Caymans.

    Other than that, his only experience is insulting our closest ally and earning the name "Mitt the Twit."

    September 27, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. v_mag

    I am so relieved! I thought those guys were NEVER gonna get an intelligent thought in their heads. So, what's their excuse gonna be now?

    I predict that, before the election, W-omney will use this information to out a CIA agent.

    September 27, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. California Gary

    Your observation is correct griffbos........Romney is starting to look like he has been rode hard and put away wet. When you compare the way he looked in the primary debates to how he looks today.......he almost doesn't look like the same guy. If this is how hard the campaign impacts him........kind of makes you wonder what the weight of the presidency would do to him if he actually won. I'm afraid he would be outsourcing most of his duties within a very short time......he may even retire retroactively and move on.

    September 27, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    I wouldn't tell foot in mouth mity anything and lyin Ryan the rodeo clown hotdog car driver anything.

    September 27, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. gregory21

    I hope they lied to them. Stupid mitts would get caught by a tape telling the rich at another fund raiser.

    September 27, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |

    I doubt Mitt could pass a true TOP SECRET TEST.
    I concur. Look how he handled his meeting with MI-6.

    September 27, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Arun

    Not sure what he would do with it since his standard line is we'll give details after the election. This moron doesn't have a clue on anything except outsourcing jobs overseas!!

    September 27, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. jane

    "Intelligence briefing"? Really? I would have thought that the collective intelligence of these two couldn't get any briefer.

    September 27, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. wjmccartan

    I know their supposed to get briefings, but maybe they could keep them simple, or use dolls to represent people, they don't think people are real anyway. Tools

    September 27, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It would do Romney/Ryan well to have an "Intel" briefing on why a President represents 100% of Americans and not just 50%. It makes one question, what's the real reason Romney wants to be President knowing he's never answered the "call of duty".

    September 27, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. km4candles

    Can someone remind me what experience Obama had in foreign affairs and foreign policy when he was voted into office? That's right he had none. And it shows!

    September 27, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Keeping it Real

    Claudia, Houston, Tx "what's the real reason Romney wants to be President knowing he's never answered the "call of duty".

    So what you're saying is that you shouldn't vote for Obama either, because he didn't serve? It's fairly obvious that you're one of those liberals that will never hold Obama accountable. Instead, you make foolish standards of others that you will never apply to Obama.

    September 27, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. B.

    Sounds dangerous to provide "Shoot from the Mouth Romney" with any serious or sensitive material..

    The man has proven to have -very poor judgement- in using information!

    September 27, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Wake up people!

    @Kirk in Michigan....I'm in Michigan also and I am taking a vacation day for November 7th so I can stay up all night watching the results! Willard is by far the absolute WORST Presidential candidate of my lifetime. I can't believe how often he rams his own feet down his own throat.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 27, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. scallions1

    I think someone who has been a senator knows a little more than someone who has done nothing overseas but out

    September 27, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Obama lied about Libya

    Obama had all the intel he needed. What did he do? He chose to lie about Libya to make himself look better. He put his own ambitions ahead of the lives that were lost in Libya. He then lied to us all, and kept lying until it he can no longer spin the truth. How can anyone trust this fool?

    September 27, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. scallions1

    sourcing jobs. Romney's talent at diplomacy was clearly shown on his recent trip. Comedy.

    September 27, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Facts don't Lie

    sorry but I repeat Romney/Ryan and Intelligence is a big an oxymoron as gay Republican.

    September 27, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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