Mitt Romney’s campaign is blaming President Obama and his administration for the attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya on Tuesday.
Rioters attacked the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt and the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya to protest an American-made anti-Islam YouTube video (reports are surfacing that the Libya attack was already planned and the protest was used as a cover).
Romney has received widespread criticism, from fellow Republicans and mainstream media figures, for accusing Obama of sympathizing with the attackers and has released a set of talking points for allies and surrogates to respond. Among them, the Romney teams blames the Obama administration’s foreign policy for the attacks:
— We have seen a foreign policy of weakness and decline in American influence and respect. Yesterday, we saw the consequences of this perceived weakness. […]
— We have seen a foreign policy of weakness, indecision, and a decline in American influence and respect — and yesterday we saw the consequences.
Romney issued his attack before news broke that the violence in Libya had resulted in the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three of his deputies. But in a press conference on today, the GOP presidential nominee stood by the statement.