Did Mitt Romney overreach on Libya?
Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey responds
- Duration 3:54
- Date Oct 22, 2012
Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey responds
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Before the hour now on -- -- -- industry reported poll numbers show President Obama has lost some ground in foreign policy in recent weeks.
But he does still have the lead on that issue which puts a great deal of pressure on both candidates in this third and final debate.
We just heard from the Obama campaign in general Wesley Clark now let's get the other side former lieutenant governor of the state of Massachusetts Kerry -- is with us.
She served under governor Romney great to see you thank you thank you we were talking to general Clark about this matter of Libya.
And he says look.
You can't judge and the foreign policy of a president based on one incident and that in the broader scope of things it's been very successful in the Romney camp would say.
Well certainly they're they're two points being made there you know first is of course you can't judge on one incident -- But there were troubles erupting across the Middle East at the time that this occurred around September 11.
But what was unique about this was this is a terrorist attack in which you can say is that the America that -- American people have the right to know from their president at any time if our country is under attack by terrorists.
And so if as he was suggesting in the in the last debate if President Obama did in fact no that was a terrorist attack immediately.
He should've been open with the American people and said that -- It's not like there was some -- going on there I think people on both sides of the I would say.
Well -- can really say that was a terrorist attack but now they say he didn't really know that it was and that when Susan Rice came out she had the best available information at the time in in the.
Last debate you and I both saw that debate it seemed to me like President Obama was trying to put forward that he did knowing that he had mentioned that at that time.
And that that really sets -- -- very troubling continue because as you mentioned Susan Rice was on all of the Sunday morning talk shows saying that it was attributable to this video that enraged Muslims.
As opposed to being a terrorist attack and then which we know now what we now know what's not and then we know that fully two weeks later.
President Obama himself went there to go to the well all of the United Nations and gave a speech where he attributed the violence and Ben -- -- to the to the video.
No fewer than six times so when exactly was he going to tell the American people that this was a terrorist attack.
Also mentioned that governor Romney has had multiple positions on Afghanistan and beyond.
How concerned is the Romney campaign that his lack of experience and in some cases a year from from Wesley Clark and others multiple positions on some issues could come back to haunt him tonight.
Well you know I I don't accept the premise of your statement governor Romney has has always exciting is actually -- -- -- -- -- -- I don't agree with general Clark although I have great respect one but.
The governor Romney has always been very clear on Afghanistan that he did not feel that it was correct to set a date certain for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Just as you're actually shipping new -- troops into the surge to let your enemy know exactly when you're leaving is not a good strategy.
And while that may have made sense domestically for President Obama to be able to -- his his supporters politically that that he was going to make good on getting.
-- those troops backed out of Afghanistan by the end of his time in office it made no sense militarily and that's a terrible mistake to have made there.
I've talked to some Republican strategists as early this morning said look.
One of the concerns we have is that governor Romney might overreach on this matter of Libya that at an edit in a matter and in Gaza where -- Where an American ambassador was killed for the first time overseas in 1979.
That he could overdo it here.
Well first and foremost this is a trashing governor Romney always claims the conversation in in that way but but it's more than -- is indicative of -- unraveling of the narrative that has been trying to been spun by the Obama campaign.
That in fact the world a safer place we know it is not a safer place we know that there was an attempted terrorist attack in New York just last week we know that things are are not going the way the Obama administration had hoped they -- their Russian reset isn't working.
Iran is closer to possessing a nuclear bomb.
In the former foreign policy of the Obama administration has not been a success and and for the governor it's nice to see you look forward to debate tonight thank you think.