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McCain on Libya attack and Syria violence

Sen. John McCain on Wednesday said Mitt Romney missed an opportunity to go after the president over Libya in the second presidential debate.

Asked whether Romney failed to press President Barack Obama on the administration's handling of last month's consulate attack, the Arizona senator said "in a way, he did" on AC360.

During the debate, Obama said he referred to the Libya attack as an "act of terror" the day after the violence last month. Romney disputed the claim, sparking a fiery exchange over whether the president used the term.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Libya • Mitt Romney • President Barack Obama • Senator John McCain • Syria
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  1. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    So whether the President called the attack "an act of terror" one hour after the attack was reported or 10 hours after it was reported, does it chane the fact that four Americans were killed? And by the way, did what the President say or did not say about the attack, actually caused the attack? But while you're at it Senator McCain, could you please tell us what ever vbecame of the WMDs in Iraq? Nine years later, the United Nations, the world community and the American people are still awaiting the GOP's response.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  2. scorpdewd

    Please, the US policies in the middle east have been in a word calamitous from the get go. From the inception of Israel in 1948 through the recent experiences in Libya and Egypt (among other countries in the region), Americans have lost their lives whether as willful combatants or innocent bystanders. Where was all the hullabaloo when 283 servicemen lost their lives in Beirut due to a car bomb at the Marine barracks? Was Reagan held as accountable for that loss of loves as Obama has been for the 4 in Libya? Has Bush been held accountable for the over 2000 deaths in Afghanistan and even more in Iraq, where democracy still has not taken hold? I'm tired of the posturing of politicians who conveniently omit these past experiences from today's arguments and who do not focus on how we're not winning anything at all in the middle east. Seems the only ones who are are the companies supplying arms to the region to "keep the peace". I don't see any politician on either side of the aisle earnestly working to stop the madness of these senseless wars and destruction of people and property. Sadly, in a few months, few, other than those family members affected by the recent events in Libya, will remember those who died in Benghazi, much like most have not remembered those Marines who died in Beirut. I would like Senator McCain to explain those 283 deaths compared to the 4 in Libya. And then those in Iraq. And Afghanistan.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  3. Bill Diamond

    We the people are the Government of The United States of America. The President, Congress, and the Senate work for us we the people. As with any employer we want our employees to be honest so that we can make intelligent choices so why do we give our power to the politicians applying for the job?
    We should demand a law like they have in the Grand Jury if you lie to us there will be criminal charges brought against the lying politician.
    How can we the people choose what is best for us when all we get is lied to. It makes no difference what side you’re on the truth is the truth. Then we could have people in place that would get about our business and get the job done and we would stop wasting money & time on people who do nothing but clog up the system. Share this with everyone you know. #We The People

    October 18, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  4. pat

    I would like to know how can Mitt, disrespect Candy, and what happen in Libya for his own game I feel sorry for the people that got killed and their family how is it nobody can get a answer when they ask Mitt

    October 18, 2012 at 1:33 am |