Mitt Romney Takes Heat for Libya Comments

GOP candidate stands by his criticism of president's handling of the tragedy.
3:00 | 09/12/12

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We turn to the note from the aftermath of the aftermath in libya. Mitt romney under fire about comment es made about the upheefal as it was unfolding. 55 days to go before americans go to the poles. "Your voice, your vote" jake tapper has the latest on what is unfolding. Jake. This morning, president obama took a direct political shot at mitt romney, suggesting he's not prepared to be commander in chief. As he condemned the attack, the president today promised justice would be brought. There is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence, none. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts. Reporter: And then he left to console shattered state department employees. Last night when americans were still in harm's way and ambassador stevens was still missing, mitt romney went after the president. The object of his ire, this press release, condemning the attempt to hurt the feelings of muslims. Romney said it's disgraceful that the first response was not to condemn the attacks but sympathize with those who waged the attacks but the statement about the movie was made before the diplomatic posts were attacked. When asked about timing today, romney stood firm. Of the embassy tweeted post attack that its original statement still applied the campaign said. As for u.S. Personnel still having been in danger? It's never too early for the united states government to condemn attack on americans and to defend our values. The president responded in an interview with cbs and "60 minutes." Governor romney has a ten dascy to shoot first and name later. As president you can't do that. Beyond the tone and timing are larger questions about the president's foreign policy. American leadership is necessary to ensure the events don't spin out of control. Reporter: The dprez not take question from reporters when he came to the rose garden but several are outstanding including questions about security at those diplomatic posts and more broadly what more blow back we can expect from the arab spring.

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