Presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley fact checked Mitt Romney after the Republican presidential candidate charged that President Obama failed to call the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi an “act of terror.” (See update below).
More than an hour into the debate, an undecided voter in the town hall forum asked the president about the recent attack in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three additional Americans.
When Romney responded to the question, he charged that it took Obama days to call the Benghazi attack an act of terror. Obama called the incident an “act of terror” during his remarks on September 12, just one day after the tragedy.
“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,” Obama said in the Rose Garden. “Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.”
Obama interrupted Romney, telling the Republican presidential candidate to “get the transcript” of his remarks. When the governor doubled down on his charge, Crowley interjected, saying the president “did in fact” call the attack an act of terror.
“He did in fact call it an ‘act of terror,’” Crowley said.
“Can you say that a little louder?” Obama asked.
Crowley continued speaking to Romney. Referring to the president, she said, “It did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea of there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.”
The succinct live factcheck left quite the impression. Twitter exploded with messages praising and criticizing the CNN host.
Crowley joined her CNN colleagues just after the debate concluded, where she was immediately asked about her Libya-related point.
“I knew that the president had said ‘act of terror,’” Crowley said. “I heard it … [Romney] picked that one wrong fact.”
UPDATE: On Wednesday, Crowley responded to conservative critics who said she “backtracked” on her Libya fact check.
During an interview with Soledad O’Brien, Crowley firmly stated that she did not backtrack on her fact check:
…We got hung up on this, “Yes, he said. No, I didn’t. I said terror. You didn’t say terror.” And then there was this point they both kind of looked at me…And what I wanted to move this along…So I said, “He did say acts of terror, called it an act of terror. But Governor Romney, you are perfectly right that it took weeks for them to get past the tape.
Article Courtesy of The Huffington Post