Wednesday, October 17, 2012
One of the highlights of last night’s presidential debate was this exchange between President Barack Obama and his challenger, Mitt Romney.
Mr. Romney tried and failed to politicize the tragic Benghazi, Libya terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy that resulted in the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Romney insisted — incorrectly, that it took Obama 14 days to refer to the attack as a terrorist attack.
“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.”
In fact, Obama said the attack was an act of terror the next day in the White House Rose Garden.
“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.”
Even Candy Crowley, the debate moderator, fact-checked Romney and said that Obama “did in fact call it an “act of terror.”
The debate effectively was over at that moment and President Obama won.