Romney Steps Up Criticism Over Libya Attack
White House 'doubling down on denial,' he says
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2012 12:06 PM CDT
Mitt Romney campaigns in Lancaster, Ohio, in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Prepare to hear much more about the Benghazi consulate attack on the campaign trail. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan separately hammered the White House response yesterday as "Republicans sense their first real opening on national security," writes the Washington Post. The criticism has intensified since the vice-presidential debate, in which Joe Biden said the White House initially thought the attack stemmed from a spontaneous protest "because that's exactly what we were told." He also said the White House wasn't informed about additional requests for security. Romney accused the Obama administration of "doubling down on denial" and said Biden "directly contradicted the testimony of State Department officials."

Ryan also kept the subject in play, reports Politico. "First they blame a YouTube video and a nonexistent riot, then when the country is getting upset about it, they blame Romney-Ryan for getting people upset about it.” Both Jay Carney and Hillary Clinton yesterday again rejected the criticism. “There is nobody in the administration motivated by anything other than trying to understand what happened,” said Clinton. “We do not have all the answers. No one in this administration has ever claimed otherwise." The New York Times today reports that, prior to the consulate attack, security officers in Libya warned superiors at the State Department "in a stream of diplomatic cables" of a worsening threat from extremists. But the warnings focused on the need for better security at the embassy in Tripoli, not the consulate in Benghazi. The requests to extend the tours of security guards at the embassy were denied.

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milo7453
Oct 14, 2012 2:47 PM CDT
Progressive liberals Democrats will spend the next four years saying Romney and the GOP stole the 2012 election.
Wrongdirection
Oct 14, 2012 9:57 AM CDT
If going back over and over on his personal views of "He would have done better" is all Romney has to Stump on, then Romney is in absolutely terrible shape to run as president. He never made any of the money he has, other's made it for him. He cannot lead; but he has a reputation of following leads! If this is the way back to the same ol' past then people will probably vote for the same ol' past, but what they are going to end up with is a uncertain future at best. Free fall to who knows where! At Best the people will desolve the Federal Government and will identify with their own State Governments for leadership!
ppaca
Oct 14, 2012 9:57 AM CDT
Have you ever heard of Benghazi Gate?