September 12th, 2012
09:13 PM ET

Obama vs. Romney: Foreign policy attacks ramp up over Libya response

The political fallout from the deadly attack in Libya. Sadly it took this tragedy to put the foreign policy debate front and center in this election.
And the debate quickly turned nasty.

The Romney campaign is defending its attack against the Obama administration, accusing the president of being sympathetic to the people involved in the attack against the U.S. compounds in Libya.

President Barack Obama responded to Romney's criticism on CBS News, saying "Governor Romney has the tendency to shoot first and aim later." He continued, "As President...it's important to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up the facts."

Is this the right debate to have at this time? And does it benefit either side?

OutFront tonight: Obama Campaign Foreign Policy Surrogate, Gen. Wesley Clark, Fmr. NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Romney Foreign Policy Adviser, Norman Coleman.

Arab Spring turmoil evokes political response

President Barack Obama and political leaders from both parties stressed resolve and unity Wednesday after a day of violence in Arab Spring countries killed four American diplomats.

Meanwhile, GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney and other Republicans harshly criticized the president's foreign policy as weak and conflicted.

The violence on Tuesday - the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by al Qaeda on the United States - included an attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, as well as protesters assaulting the U.S. Consulate there and the American embassy in Egypt.


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