Mitt Romney on Egypt: White House Gave 'Mixed Signals'

GOP candidate defends criticism of Obama administration's response to embassy breach.
3:00 | 09/12/12

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Transcript for Mitt Romney on Egypt: White House Gave 'Mixed Signals'
The embassy -- and Cairo. Put out a statement after there grounds have been breached protesters were inside the grounds they reiterated that statement after the breach. I think it's a eight. A terrible course -- for America to. To stand an apology for our values that instead when. Are grounds are being attacked and being breached. That the first response to the United States must be outrage. At the a breach of the sovereignty of our nation. An apology for America's values is never the right course. If you think they're coming says stands. After the events really had unfolded overnight it was appropriate to be weighing in on this -- this crisis is unfolding in real time. The White House also. Issued a statement saying it tried to distance itself from those comments and said they were not reflecting of their views. I had the exact same reaction these views were inappropriate. They were. The wrong course to take. When our embassy is has been breached by protesters. The first response should not be to say yes we stand by our comments that. That. Suggests that there's something wrong with the right of free speech. In the White House do wrong then governor Romney if they've -- they've had a statement saying they disagreed with session. -- administration. -- spoke. The president takes responsibility not just for the words come from his mouth but also from the words that come from his ambassadors. From his administration from his embassies from a State Department they clearly they clearly sent mixed messages to the world. And and the statement that came from the administration and the embassy is the administration the statement that came from him and administration. Was was -- a statement which is akin to apology and I think was a -- severe miscalculation. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- We're -- we have -- campaign for presidency that -- states and are speaking about. The different courses we would each take with regards to the challenges that the world faces the president and I differences have -- differences of opinion. With regards to Israel and our policies there with regards to Iran. With regards to Afghanistan. With regards to Syria we have many places of distinction and differences. We join together in the condemnation of the attacks on American embassies and the loss of American life and join in the -- sympathy for these people. But it's also important for me just as it was for the White House last night by the way. To say that the statements. Were inappropriate. And -- in my in my view a a disgraceful a statement on the part of our administration to apologize for American values. They jump. Pretty -- out last night and they should have waited until more details -- -- What we learned about all of those things happen. I don't think we. We ever hesitate when we see something which is a violation of our principles we express immediately. When we feel that the president and his administration have done something which is inconsistent. With the principles of America simply put having an embassy. Which is has been breached and has protesters out -- grounds having violated the sovereignty of that -- having that embassy. Reiterated statement. Effectively apologizing for the right of free speech is not the right course for an administration. Well you would known last night. Obviously I've -- did not -- well that can't speculate right if you had known. That the investor. -- -- -- take hypotheticals about what would have been known laden and and so forth I we responded last night to the events that -- agent.

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