The attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya became a flashpoint in the American presidential race, as Republican nominee Mitt Romney drew criticism from Democrats and Republicans for chastising President Barack Obama and his administration on their response.
The Republican presidential nominee told reporters at a Jacksonville, Florida, news conference today that Obama’s administration set a “terrible course” when the U.S. embassy in Cairo issued a statement Romney called “akin to apology” to Egyptian protesters before the death of U.S. envoy to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. 7
Those comments came after Romney said in a statement issued late last night that the Obama administration’s “first response” had been to “sympathize with those who waged the attacks,” calling it “disgraceful.”
Romney’s reaction referred to a statement by the U.S. embassy in Cairo that was intended to ease tensions over an anti-Muslim film and was released hours before attacks erupted in Egypt and in Libya. The Republican’s response sparked rebukes from Democrats and critical comments from members of his own party. — Bloomberg
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In my latest macro outlook, I stated my belief of the high likelihood that Romney would win the presidency (due to a faltering economy). However, he’s been doing his best to not win by a potentially serious blunder at a very inopportune time.