Fox News on October 4, 2012, reported that Mitt Romney, fresh off what by most accounts was his victory on the night of October 3 in the first debate with President Obama, said in a Fox News interview that the deadly consulate attack in Libya was a “tragic failure” of security and that the Obama admiration’s explanations have been “misleading.” Excerpts below:

The comments on Libya, made in an interview October 4 with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, served to underscore Romney’s foreign policy attack on Obama, after a first debate that focused solely on domestic policy.

As for Libya, Republicans have been vocal in questioning the Obama administration’s response to the attack last month that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Sources have described the Sept. 11 attack as a coordinated assault by extremists that appear to have ties to Al Qaeda, but an investigation still is under way.

Romney also accused the Obama administration of giving “misleading information” about the attack.

The administration initially suggested it was an outbreak of “spontaneous” violence tied to protests over an anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. But Obama’s advisers gradually backed away from that explanation, increasingly describing the attack as an act of terrorism.

“This was a terrorist attack. Lives were lost,” Romney said. “We expect candor and transparency from the president and from the administration, and we didn’t get it.”

Romney is scheduled to deliver a foreign policy speech, and international issues will be the topic of the final presidential debate, Oct. 22 in Florida.


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