Obama gives Romney the smackdown on Libya during second presidential debate

Obama gives Romney the smackdown on Libya during second presidential debate

New York City : NY : USA | Oct 16, 2012 at 9:08 PM PDT
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President Obama Speaks on the Attack on Benghazi

The second presidential debate was a very heated one to say the least. But the highlight of the debate happened when Mitt Romney accused President Obama of traveling to Las Vegas for a fundraiser instead of staying at the helm of the nation following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the death of American Ambassador Chris Stephens, as well as three others.

The president stared and Romney and tightened his jaw as he proceeded to speak. He informed Romney that what he was suggesting was insulting. Insulting was putting it very kindly. Romney was insinuating that the president of the United States was off fund raising instead of running our country and that he had no concern or responsibility for the deaths.

Romney said, "I think it's interesting, the president just said something which is that on the day after the attack he went in the Rose Garden and said this was an act of terror?"

"That's what I said," said Obama.

Romney said, "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.”

This was when moderator Candy Crowley pointed out that the president had indeed called the attack terrorism. "He did, in fact, sir," Crowley told Romney.

So what was Romney’s response to the attacks? He jumped in during the middle of the night and used the deaths of Americans as a method of gaining political steam. This action was not only inappropriate and out of line, it cost Romney in the polls. "While we were still dealing with our diplomats still being threatened, Gov. Romney put out a press release, trying to make political points. And that's not how a commander-in-chief operates. You don't turn national security into a political issue, certainly not right when it's happening."

It is extremely important for voters to understand the differences between the two candidates for president. There are some lines that should not be crossed. Accusing the president of the United States of failing to perform his duties in reaction to the murder of American citizens is going too far for many voters. As the election is rapidly approaching, voters will continue watching these issues closely.

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Amee Ellsworth is based in Bennett, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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