Mitt Romney got the smackdown of a lifetime during the presidential debate when he was fact-checked by Candy Crowley, the moderator of the second presidential debate, when he claimed the president didn’t call the Benghazi consulate attack and “act of terror.” Well, it turns out the president did use those words the very next day, September 12, after Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty were killed in a deadly attack, during a speech in the Rose Garden. Romney claims Obama didn’t use those words until 14 days later. Foreign Policy also said President Obama used those words on September 13 during a campaign stop in Colorado.
“So what I want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice. I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America.” Source
Candy Crowley isn’t walking back her comment, but agreed that it did take the administration 14 days to admit that it wasn’t the film that really caused the attack, but a terrorist hit. The Republicans, including Paul Ryan (Lying Ryan) is spinning this as though she did. By the way, Candy Crowley appeared on Soledad O’Brien’s show today and emphatically said she did not backtrack on saying President Obama did use the phrase “act of terror” but said, as she did during the debate, that it took the administration 14 days to admit what it was. Um, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney need to stop spinning this woman’s words.
Here’s Candy Crowley on CNN this morning: