During tonight’s presidential debate, moderater Candy Crowley corrected Mitt Romney’s suggestion that President Obama did not refer to the attacks in Benghazi “an act of terror” the day after the assault occurred:
ROMNEY: I think it’s interesting that the president just said something which is on the day after the attack he went in the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.
OBAMA: That’s what I said.
ROMNEY: You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror? It was not a spontaneous demonstration? Is that what you’re saying?
OBAMA: Please proceed governor.
ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.
OBAMA: Get the transcript.
CROWLEY: He did in fact sir, so let me call it an act of terror and —
OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder Candy?
CROWLEY: He did call it an act of terror. It did as well two weeks or so for the whole idea of there being a riot out there about this tape to come out, you’re correct about that.
Watch the clip:
Indeed, on Sept. 12, one day after the attack, in “remarks by the President on the deaths of U.S. Embassy staff in Libya” in the Rose Garden, Obama said:
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.
On Sept. 19, National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen also called the assault in Benghazi an “terrorist attack” in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.