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Mitt Romney’s criticism of President Obama after the violence in Libya and Egypt continues to spin off into a political story of its own.

Now Obama himself weighs in, telling CBS News that Romney spoke too soon when he accused the White House of sympathizing with the protesters:

“There’s a broader lesson to be learned here,” he says.

“Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. That, you know, it’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts.

And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ‘em.”

Romney’s campaign released a statement on Tuesday night — Sept. 11 — asserting “that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

The criticism was in response to a statement put out by the U.S. embassy in Egypt, not the Obama administration. In addition, the embassy statement was released in an apparent effort to head off any possible violence. At the time, there were no attacks to condemn.

“It’s never too early for the United States government to condemn attacks on Americans and to defend our values,” Romney added.

Whether it helps or hurts his campaign depends on what happens next.

“If Romney can prove both strong and thoughtful on foreign policy over the next few days, it could be an inflection point in the presidential campaign.”


via BlackMediaScoop

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