Obama foreign policy unraveling after Libya attack?
Senior Romney campaign adviser Eric Ferhnstrom weighs in
- Duration 6:14
- Date Oct 16, 2012
Senior Romney campaign adviser Eric Ferhnstrom weighs in
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And questions on Libya could take center stage at some point tonight especially the accusations by the Obama administration that governor Romney is politicize it.
The deadly terror attack.
Governor Ronnie has been vocal on the issue as of late anyway not early on but as of late since we first learned that these four Americans were killed.
-- is at a rally here at a rally earlier this month talking about one of the former Navy SEALs who was killed in that attack.
He was actually in a different building -- a safe place somewhere else across town.
When he and his colleagues there heard that the consulate was under attack.
And they went there they -- hunker down where they -- -- safety they rushed there to go help.
Is the American way there we go where there's trouble.
-- -- -- -- So how the media treat all of this.
Eric -- from is a senior advisor to governor Mitt -- he's with me now Eric thanks so much for being here.
-- -- -- -- so this is likely to come up tonight this -- -- this issue of Libya and I -- -- get some other issues but.
You've heard the Obama team's response they believe the governor Ronnie the Romney team is politicizing.
The death of our ambassador in three others your response.
Well look first let me say that that is a memorial service today for the fifth but for ambassador -- -- of course our sympathies go out to his family and the families.
Of all of those who were affected by this terrible.
Terrorist attack in had been Ghazi.
Ultimately the responsibility falls and lies -- President Obama there are a number of questions.
About the of the administration's actions not only after.
The terrorist attack -- ten guys -- at September 11 but also before.
And the American people deserve answers you know one of the things that distinguishes an open democratic society like ours.
From the secretive government of authoritarian societies.
Is that were allowed to question the official version of events and what we've learned in this case is that the official version of events was terribly wrong.
Not just wrong with respect to how many attackers participated.
In this terrorist event or the time that -- it began but with respect to the very nature of what happened.
But they say that -- are too there -- two issues here.
And they've got responses about number one how did how did this happen putted for Americans wind up dead in Libya.
And they say there's an investigation under way that the State Department is investigating others are investigating an -- and bipartisan.
Requests have been made at the senate.
For information on that.
The responses are due after the election but they are looking into it including John Kerry demanding answers so that's what they say -- number one.
A number two with respect to whether there was a cover up about what really happened Clinton Hillary Clinton used the phrase last night the fog of war.
You know we get conflicting information we said it was what we knew with the time -- we set it was about the protests.
Why do you not accept that.
Well look there -- a number of legitimate question -- -- some of them in your Rican hero Reid reporting far more questions than there are interest at this point.
And I think I think we can't be.
Honest about the challenges that face us in the Middle East and North Africa on -- were honest about what what is happening there and what's happening there is a complete.
Unraveling of the Obama.
Foreign policy it's not just the terrorist attack and -- -- but anti Americanism is on the rise throughout the region our embassies are.
The Muslim Brotherhood has come to power in Egypt Israel has been set adrift by the Obama administration.
And -- -- until we can confront these challenges honestly we're never going to be able to come up with a strategy.
For confronting -- -- -- you talk about domestic policy a little bit that -- president got hammered by his supporters for not hitting your boss governor Romney.
On the 47% comment he was caught on camera.
-- -- fund raiser.
Being videotaped talking about -- 47% of the country never gonna vote for him said they believe.
That they are victims I am never going to get their vote.
Paraphrasing I mean I'm turning it but that's in part what he said.
-- came out.
Right after it was -- -- it well it wasn't -- Gil elegantly stated but he stood by the sentence of the substance of the remarks any told Sean Hannity.
Several weeks later.
It was completely wrong.
So which -- weld the governor was attempting a political analysis he's -- acknowledged that.
He came out wrong -- Levy -- He expressed himself in elegantly.
Of course he wants to be president of all America.
All Americans a 100% of Americans and he'll address that tonight should the subject.
-- come up.
How because as you know president Obama's gonna hammer him on both you set point people in their victims irony is that do you believe that or don't you look at governor Romney views tonight's debate as an opportunity to have a conversation with the American people about his plan to create a stronger middle class -- -- real.
Recovery -- know the Obama campaign is promising a more aggressive President Obama in tonight's debate.
He can change his style he can change his code beginning to change his -- in his suit but he still has to deal with the facts of his record.
And his record as a business.
How how does.
What are you worried about with respect to tonight and I believe in Abbas and so on but governor and he's made some mistakes in these debates the 101000 dollar bet things saying I wouldn't hire illegals I'm running for office for Pete -- why would I hire illegals.
Things that he said that he probably wishes he could take back.
And now pressures on because President Obama is expected to raise his game you know after what happened in the polls after the first debate how do you prepare your -- -- -- to deal with.
That what President Obama does very well in these settings they had a town hall.
Debate for years ago and he was widely acknowledged as the winner.
But he also debated here at Hofstra for years ago.
And he said two things one thing he said was we're gonna reform Medicare and Social Security by the end of my first term in office well beating even bring forward a plan.
Second thing he said was -- gonna do more cutting as president -- spending.
And he hasn't gotten that either in fact -- exploded the deficit it's gone up to sixteen trillion dollars we've had four trillion dollar budget deficits and -- in a row.
I think what he owes us all is an explanation.
About why his promises of four years ago have gone unfulfilled.
Eric -- and we will see you here -- spin Alley as in quiet now that the won't be in about seven -- thanks so much for being thinking that it.
Just hours before the present.