Romney: US Embassy Statement 'Disgraceful'

Candidate doubles down on criticism
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2012 10:06 AM CDT
Mitt Romney makes comments on the killing of US embassy officials in Benghazi, Libya, while speaking in Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney isn't backing off his attack on the US response to the Mohammed movie in the wake of the deadly riots at the US embassies in Libya and Egypt—he's doubling down. In a press conference today, Romney stood by his earlier statement, saying that he believed the embassy's statement, which criticized the anti-Muslim film that provoked the riots, was "a disgraceful statement on the part of our administration to apologize for American values."

Romney pointed out that even the White House had distanced itself from the statement. "That reflects the mixed signals they're sending to the world." When reporters pressed him as to whether he had fired off that criticism too soon, Romney was steadfast. "I don't think we ever hesitate when we see something that's a violation of our principles." Would he have still done it if he'd known Ambassador Chris Stevens had been killed? "I'm not going to take hypotheticals," Romney growled.

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