Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Candy Crowley Worse Than Expected

Crowley incurred the ire of Team Romney after she said that, contrary to the Republican nominee’s objections, President Barack Obama did in fact use the phrase “act of terror” when referring to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi during his Sept. 12 Rose Garden address. Romney had been trying to argue that the administration avoided admitting that terrorists were behind the attack for weeks after the event.
Romney’s handling of the Libya issue during the debate was widely disparaged by conservative commentators, including Charles Krauthammer, who argued that the Massachusetts Republican “missed an opportunity” at a point where he “really could have scored.”
But many of the Romney aides assembled in the spin room placed the blame for the exchange squarely on Crowley.

“She was wrong,” senior Romney aide Ed Gillespie told reporters. “The fact is, the president did not call the attack on our consulate in Benghazi a terrorist attack in the Rose Garden. … He said ‘acts of terror will not shake our faith,’ but he did not say that this was an act of terror.”

In truth, two weeks later Obama was still reluctant to admit that Benghazi was the work of terrorists.


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