Did Romney campaign politicize Libya response?
A fair and balanced debate
- Duration 5:04
- Date Oct 12, 2012
A fair and balanced debate
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There's major backlash over comments president's campaign manager made about the terrorist attack on our consulate in Libya on 9/11.
Stephanie Cotter saying the entire reason the sole reason the attack became.
A political topic this election at all was because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
You know in terms of the politicization of says you know we we are here at a debate and I hope we get to talk about the debate.
But the entire reason.
That's this is become.
Me being you know political topic it is it because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan it's a big part of their stump speech and as reckless and irresponsible and whether anything.
Irresponsible Fox News contributor Mary Katharine Ham editor at large for hot air dot com.
And Margie Romero democratic pollster president of momentum and analysts.
Are we got all that and good to see you ladies -- good morning morning morning Mary Katharine.
Well Vice President Biden says Paul Ryan needs to get his facts straight.
But then he presented a scenario that seemed to contradict in every way -- hearings in the testimony that we had regarding what.
The administration knew about security needs security requests.
Who was behind the attack film not film what are your thoughts.
It will Vice President Biden talked about -- debate last night taking responsibility and I think -- cutters comments from the campaign.
Are the ultimate in evading responsibility.
Suggesting that this is only an issue because Romney -- talking about it's an issue because the American people have -- inherent.
And natural interest very keen interest in their national security -- in whether.
Americans are safer sees what about American people dying -- so great effect for Americans died and people -- is important.
The administration has been misleading honest from day one Eli lake at Newsweek who has been all over this story I suggest you read and -- from first day -- look.
They had within 24 hours information that was this is a terrorist attack we look at the hearings that Biden says we never we never knew they wanted more.
Security -- Nordstrom head of Libya's security.
For the US during the summer I'll quote.
All of the posts were in -- that we wanted these resources in conversations with deputy assistant.
Secretary of state -- -- she said you cannot request a security extension I determined I was told that we couldn't have won.
Because it would be too much of a political cost we went ahead and requested it anyway.
These are problems that the American people are keenly interested in for a reason.
And we should be addressing the -- -- -- -- thank you Mary -- so now the issue is on the table and Stephanie Cutter may have added to it because that's not the only time she mentions that we're only talking about it because.
Of the Romney campaign margin listen to this in the let's chat about it.
Are you suggesting here are you suggesting that we're playing politics with -- I'm not sitting anything you have said that you have the entire reason this has become the political topic right for people are dead.
And every little -- and this administration let me just get my sentence out.
This administration has treated this entire tragedy with the utmost seriousness to get to the bottom.
Of the attacks holds the perpetrators are accountable and make sure that it never happens again that's why we are being -- Possible.
-- it's been a month.
Since the attacks in the brutal slaying of four Americans.
And we really don't have answers in -- the hearings we have going on right now is what the administration knew.
And didn't respond to what are your thoughts.
Well -- -- -- -- conservatives want to talk about and it Obama he as opposed to Bryant's performance last night which undecided voters say they AS -- is the winner.
But it lets not forget.
How Mitt Romney handled the immediate aftermath of these attacks remember he was.
At -- facing criticism during his convention speech for not mentioning the -- in Afghanistan just a huge glaring oversight for someone running to be commander in chief.
Then he sent out a scheme being -- releasing it in hours after the attack before anyone had any information that's a really -- -- that this is about mark if you don't you sense that the American people are wondering at this point was the administration watching this attack unfold as it was going on in real time.
They went out for a week and said that it was due to a film.
And now we're having hearings on -- and we're hearing some startling things in fact one of the people who testified a security official went and I'm quoting.
For me the Taliban is on the inside of the building.
This is before the attack do you not think this is a relevant issue for the American people you mentioned national security.
Fox released a poll yesterday that sent the president has he -- six point advantage government -- on foreign policy a four point advantage government Ronnie on handling terrorism.
I I do think that the American people are paying very close attention to this issue and what they're seeing is clear successes and seriousness from the president.
And just reflect that reflective.
Not policy Saber rattling and bluster from the -- and -- got to leave it there thanks so much for weighing in ladies good to see you.