Romney on Libya: Why doesn’t Obama want the American people to know what happened?

posted at 9:23 pm on September 25, 2012 by Allahpundit

He doesn’t use the phrase “cover up” — but Ryan does, in saying that it’s up to Americans to decide why The One is reluctant to use the word “terrorism” to describe what happened in Benghazi even though some of his underlings aren’t. And yes, this talking point is officially part of the Romney/Ryan message on the trail today. CNN asked the same question that Carl Cameron did and got a similar answer:

When pressed on whether he stood by the attack, Romney said, “I’m not sure which developments in the Middle East he would consider bumps in the road.”

He then suggested the Obama administration was trying to hide the truth behind what really happened in Benghazi.

“The White House’s failure to acknowledge that – that the assassination of our ambassador was a terrorist attack, a terrorist event – suggests that they are trying to paper over the seriousness of what’s happening in the Middle East,” Romney told CNN.

Cameron actually gives Mitt an opportunity to go for the throat at 3:15 by asking whether he thinks Obama’s “bumps in the road” comment is a case of him misunderstanding the Middle East or a knowing attempt to minimize what’s happened there this month to cover his own ass. Romney’s answer: It’s proof that Obama misunderstands. Not sure I’d have gone the same route but that fits, at least, with the thrust of Mitt’s message that O’s in over his head on all things presidential. More of this, please — while bearing in mind Ace’s point that the economy is still the silver bullet here.

Update: And here’s why the “cover up” claim is being pushed today:

Republican senators on Tuesday demanded answers from U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice on whether her public statements on the deadly consulate attack in Libya mirrored what she knew about the attack.

The senators, in a letter to Rice, specifically asked if she knew about a video and other intelligence that appeared to foretell the fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but still told the American public the attacks appeared to be a “spontaneous reaction” to an early attack in Egypt.



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Show the cables.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Oh, and Mitt should get a leather bomber jacket like Bush had.

Night Owl on September 25, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Let Mitt be Mitt

workingclass artist on September 26, 2012 at 1:13 AM

cmsinaz on September 25, 2012 at 9:26 PM

The Obama that we hoax up is awesome–lsm!!!!!

bayview on September 26, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Obama’s Plan for the Muslim world is going just as he wants it.

profitsbeard on September 26, 2012 at 1:49 AM

d1carter on September 25, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I did not know that the rescuers were attacked!

Muslims are killing so many Americans that it is hard to keep track of all of them.

Asks why Obama is fixated on appeasing Muslims while he attacks Christians in his own country.

Philly on September 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM

OK.

Why does Madonna call our leader a “black Muslim” and doesn’t get blasted as a racist?

Romney cannot lay a glove on President Obama.

chumpThreads on September 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Turn off the fiction shows on MSNBC. Everyone is hitting our leader and there are tons of right hay makers coming. His corner is the entertainment shows and parties. I’m surprised.

IlikedAUH2O on September 26, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Romney cannot lay a glove on President Obama.

chumpThreads on September 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

What a water carrier you are. How embarrassing.

CW on September 26, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Romney cannot lay a glove on President Obama.

chumpThreads on September 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

The American people will be laying a lot of gloves come November. Luckily for us pollsters and media hacks have only ONE VOTE.

Chump. :-)

Punchenko on September 26, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Why don’t you tell the American people what happened in Libya Mitt?
Why don’t you tell the American people what’s wrong with re-electing the marxist Mitt?
Why do you think he’s a nice guy Mitt?
Why do you like him so much Mitt?
Why can’t you attack him like you did your fellow republicans Mitt?
Why don’t you get busy at least acting like you want to win Mitt?

Please no more RINO squish after this year.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 7:44 AM

And this is why Romney is not ahead in this election. He won’t go for the jugular when that’s all he needs to do to win .

bgibbs1000 on September 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I hope Romney is gearing up, ready to lay into him next week. It’s time.

hoosiermama on September 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Romney’s idea of going for the jugular is changing his tie color. He only gets down and dirty tough on his fellow GOP competition.

Don L on September 26, 2012 at 7:52 AM

what are you and your five cowardly sons going to do about anything, mittens? why have none of you served your country in the military…why did you dodge and go to a french castle to cower and hide instead?

Pragmatic on September 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

mittens is clearly defective and doesn’t measure up…mittens go home!

Pragmatic on September 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Mitt’s handlers don’t want to attack Obama – so he won’t. The bigger issue is a president who threw a US citizen under the bus for exercising his first amendment rights in order to score cheap political points. But then, that seems to be what Obama does the best. “Who? Me? That is someone else’s fault.” He has no character.

Zomcon JEM on September 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

what are you and your five cowardly sons going to do about anything, mittens? why have none of you served your country in the military…why did you dodge and go to a french castle to cower and hide instead?

Pragmatic on September 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

So everybody who never served in the military is a coward, eh?

I see.

Mary in LA on September 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM

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