Focus on terrorism after new threat in NY, Libya attack
A look at what candidates are saying
- Duration 4:10
- Date Oct 17, 2012
A look at what candidates are saying
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First though a day full of squabbling about the dialogue of the Libya terror attack.
And breaking news over another attempted act of terrorism.
Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry is following all of it tonight from Ohio again.
Good -- -- the FBI confirms to fox that today they arrested a suspect who was planning to attack the New York -- now he had.
Actually bought some explosives but they -- the public.
Was never in any danger this latest -- comes amid increasing pressure on the White House over whether or not they dropped the ball he'd been -- For months President Obama has touted both the death of Osama bin Laden any idea al-Qaeda is on the run.
With questions about that last claim after the terror attack in Libya the president dropped the al-Qaeda apart from his stump speech today I said.
We've focused on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11.
And we haven't been a lot of the softening came just hours after the most intense clash of the second presidential debate the day after the attack governor.
I stood in the Rose Garden.
And I told the American people in the world that we are gonna find out exactly what happened.
That this was an act of terror Republican Mitt Romney confronted the president.
It -- he was rewriting history -- took the president fourteen days before he called the attack and then -- An act of terror get the transfer it it he didn't -- facts are so let me let me give it color and active area allowed -- it -- it.
-- -- -- Terror the moderator CNN's Candy Crowley has sits back -- -- them did the president say.
This was an act of terror the president Nazis and the the bit but -- of these acts of terror.
But it is in the Rose Garden talk about the hidden -- -- so I don't think mentally we actually sorry we.
Only was more skeptical on her -- show Sunday September 30.
What Obama campaign senior advisor David Axelrod asserted so the president called -- terror early August 1 it's a lesson plan as part of this Toews.
All that -- Director of National Intelligence said on Friday that was the original information -- that was given to us axle rod was referring to an unusual statement on September 28.
From Director of National Intelligence James clapper.
Clarifying the intelligence had evolved which was used to explain why ambassador Susan Rice -- a video not terror was to blades.
There would have been no reason for clapper to clarify if the president had called it -- terror attack in the Rose Garden.
In fact mr.
Obama spoke of terror generally know acts of terror will ever shake.
The resolve this great nation spokesman Jay Carney did not call it terror until September 20 a full eight days after the president's Rose Garden remarks.
Carty had earlier dug in on the video being to blame.
We saw no evidence.
To back up claims by others that.
This was a pre planned -- premeditated attack.
Did it what we saw evidence that it was sparked by.
The reaction to this video.
And that is what we know thus far based on the evidence concrete evidence and even after -- called -- terror the president was still hedging.
We're still -- -- an investigation.
There's no doubt that.
That kind of weapons that were used.
That it wasn't just a mob action.
Now we -- we don't have all the information yet and so we're still gathering of the.
Yet Romney seemed to fumble the opportunity to capitalize on the they have -- administration the administration.
Indicated that this was say I reaction to -- -- to -- video and was a spontaneous reaction to Italy today the voter who pressed the president carried -- suggested that highlight was modeled some more here or lack of told Fox News after the debate the president approached him privately concede that contradict himself.
Saying he did not initially call it terror because he wanted to get the intelligence correct.
Now the White House is getting firm tonight that on September 12 the president.
Did call this a terror attack the campaign spokesman intense hockey tonight is saying the -- exchange's one of the best debate moment in history she says the president showed being commander in chief is a leadership.
Not gamesmanship Brett.
Ed thank you by the way that --