A war over words erupted last night, as Mitt Romney went after President Obama for waiting a week to say the killing of four Americans in Libya was a terrorist attack.
But the President was waiting for it, repeatedly and pointedly claiming that he called it just that in his address from the Rose Garden the morning after the attack, a response that seemed to catch Romney off guard.
So who's right? According to the transcript, which Obama told Romney to check, the President says "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."
So while the President did make a passing reference to general acts of terror, he did not specifically call the Libya attack a terrorist act, which is a formal and legal term. Nor does he ever refer to the suspected killers as terrorists anywhere in his speech.
The question remains – what did the president really mean when he said it was an act of terror on September 12th? Democratic Senator Jack Reed is on the Armed Services Committee and he is OutFront tonight.