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How badly did Romney botch response to Libya attack? [Media Sucks Up To Obama]
CBS ^ | September 13, 2012

Posted on 09/13/2012 4:17:57 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

The conventional wisdom emerged in Washington almost immediately on Wednesday: Mitt Romney's handling of the violence in Egypt and Libya was a disaster.

"The comments were a big mistake, and the decision to double down on them was an even bigger mistake," Steve Schmidt, senior campaign strategist to Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, told CBS News. "There are legitimate criticisms to be made but you foreclose on your ability to make them when you try to score easy political points. And the American people, when the country is attacked, whether they're a Republican or Democrat or independent, want to see leaders who have measured responses, not leaders whose first instinct is to try to score political points."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2012; 911ii; cbs; cbsnews; enemedia; jancrawford; partisanmedia; romney; steveschmidt
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CBS, if Bush were in office, you would be concentrating on his foreign policy angering the Arab street. Now, you are concerned with protecting Obamugabe.
1 posted on 09/13/2012 4:18:03 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
Courage...

2 posted on 09/13/2012 4:20:06 AM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

3 posted on 09/13/2012 4:21:38 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: SoFloFreeper
.....Steve Schmidt, senior campaign F*ck-up to Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.......

There.
I corrected that error in the article.

Serious?
They're quoting Schmidt from the McLame campaign about what Romney did wrong? So far, Romney's response has been of the highlights in his campaign.

4 posted on 09/13/2012 4:24:27 AM PDT by sillsfan (Reagan and Sarah are right- WE win, they lose!)
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To: TSgt

Romney’s response beat hell out of the one from our President. Romney didn’t fly to Las Vegas for a fund raiser when a real problem lay in Libya.


5 posted on 09/13/2012 4:25:03 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: SoFloFreeper

Does anyone find it unusual that someone leaks the fact that Obama doesn’t attend 56% of his morning briefings two days before all this terrorism happens? Sounds like someone was trying to tell the public and the President something. He is just not doing his job, never has never will. Even after this was leaked he did nothing to thwart apparent threats. The MSM will never look into this!!


6 posted on 09/13/2012 4:26:59 AM PDT by jshermn
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To: SoFloFreeper

This Arab Spring mess is a couple of years old now and is a by-product of this administration’s failed policies. Romney’s criticism is fair game and appropriate.


7 posted on 09/13/2012 4:27:04 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: SoFloFreeper
No,,, The big question is ?

How well was the coordinated attack on Romney from the media in his response to these events in the middle east ?

People ? Folks ?

Come on now, how stupid does the media think we are ?

The media knew very well that there would be some kind of public statement from Romney or Romney's campaign and the media took well advantage of it.
8 posted on 09/13/2012 4:28:16 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: sillsfan

So far, Romney’s response has been “the” highlight in his campaign. Finally someone who is speaking as an American Patriot..

Freedom of Speech..

I hope cheap mideastern glass is for sale soon..


9 posted on 09/13/2012 4:28:25 AM PDT by 56newblog (Registered Islamophobe)
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To: SoFloFreeper

You know for all their wailing and nashing of teeth at Romney....I don’t see anything wrong with Romney’s response.

Add onto that some pundit yesterday pointed out that Romney has not yet been included on any security breifings. He’s been denied access. Why? Doesn’t that start right after the conventions bringing the candidate up to speed?


10 posted on 09/13/2012 4:29:13 AM PDT by EBH (Courage, Trust, Sacred Honor, Truth, Freedom)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Steve Schmidt, what a distusting POS!

Backstabbing Attention Whore!

11 posted on 09/13/2012 4:29:28 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SoFloFreeper
Except for a handful . . .




12 posted on 09/13/2012 4:31:11 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: SoFloFreeper

Mitt Romney yet to receive security briefings
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-romney-libya-security-briefing-20120912,0,6713466.story

Date 9/12/12


13 posted on 09/13/2012 4:31:13 AM PDT by EBH (Courage, Trust, Sacred Honor, Truth, Freedom)
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To: sillsfan

“Serious?
They’re quoting Schmidt from the McLame campaign about what Romney did wrong?”

They know, just as we do, Schmidt is a dem-rat mole and therefore worthy of quoting his bilge.


14 posted on 09/13/2012 4:33:51 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia ("Together we will unite America and get this done" - Paul Ryan - August 11, 2012)
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To: Diogenesis; IncPen

THAT is masterful ! !


15 posted on 09/13/2012 4:34:26 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: SoFloFreeper

Funny - Romney’s response was the thing that made me finally decide to go down to the GOP headquarters and volunteer to work phones.

I still don’t like him much, but Obama has got to go, and I think Obama revealed the depth of his evil and hatred of America with his complicit non-response to the events in Egypt and Libya.

Romney revealed that he is not only concerned about his country (unlike Obama, it’s the US!) but that he had the guts to say something. So he scored big in my book.

But that’s what the press is afraid of and why they’ve launched a counterattack.


16 posted on 09/13/2012 4:35:10 AM PDT by livius
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To: EBH

Because if he had, he would have known this was imminent and that obama did not do a damn thing to stop it...not even upgrade security at our embassies on 9/11.


17 posted on 09/13/2012 4:35:39 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Romney botched nothing, but the MSM (and that includes symbiotic quasi-political flyspecks like Steve Schmidt and Peggy Noonan) have to demonstrate loyalty to the beltway.

(Watching the press compete to see who osculates President Ebola's backside most effectively is becoming the journalistic equivalent of proclaiming one's religious fanaticism: "You think you're a better jihadist than me? Okay, watch me cut my own daughter's head off! There. NOW who's the zealous one?")

I'm beginning to think Mitt needs protection from the McCain/dhimmi wing of the GOP-e.

Mr. niteowl77

18 posted on 09/13/2012 4:37:29 AM PDT by niteowl77 (Getting stuck with other peoples' just desserts good and hard for over 50 years.)
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To: EBH
“Add onto that some pundit yesterday pointed out that Romney has not yet been included on any security breifings. He’s been denied access. Why?”

Every other POTUS election in recent history has the nominated candidates given the briefings after the conventions.

The Commie Muslim has refused to do that this year.

19 posted on 09/13/2012 4:39:38 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: SoFloFreeper

It works like this. Romney responded because he had to. If he had made no response, the Obama shill media would have said Romney didn’t respond because he hasn’t a clue.

Either way, they would have ganged up on him.

All of this mess is brought on by Obama, may be purposeful or just cluelessness on Obama’s part, who knows? The MSM whores have to protect their worst president ever.

Either way it is very dangerous for America.


20 posted on 09/13/2012 4:40:01 AM PDT by dforest
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To: SoFloFreeper

Let’s not forget about the American media that also supported Hitler.

The deceptive nature of Leftwing Media knows no limits.


21 posted on 09/13/2012 4:40:35 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

This guy, Steve Schmidt, is a leftist plant. Any republican that hires him is a fool.


22 posted on 09/13/2012 4:42:47 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: SoFloFreeper

If I recall correctly, Reagan continually beat up Carter about the latter’s pusillanimous reaction to the Islamo-fascists in Iran. And all other weak reactions by Carter to anything on the international scene. Schmidt should be permanently banned from associating with Republicans in any official way.


23 posted on 09/13/2012 4:43:39 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: SoFloFreeper
Obama and Hillary killed that U.S. ambassador and the 4 Americans. Obama’s awful policies in the Middle East have caused this and Obama didn't provide security for 9/11 etc.The media is not calling out Obama. The media is instead twisting Mitt's great response into something bad. the media are not reporters but democrats posing as reporters and they are pure evil enemies of America. the media need to be stopped.
24 posted on 09/13/2012 4:45:10 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Always thought Steve Schmidt had one too many M’s in his name.
How many elections has he won?

Pray for America


25 posted on 09/13/2012 4:45:40 AM PDT by bray (If you vote for a communist what does that make you?)
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To: SoFloFreeper
The conventional wisdom emerged in Washington almost immediately on Wednesday: Mitt Romney's handling of the violence in Egypt and Libya was a disaster.

LOL!

Yeah, the 'conventional wisdom' from the rabidly partisan, pro-Obama press.

These guys WILL NOT DISCUSS how Obama managed to fumble Egypt, and Libya, nor how the 'apology' -- on 9/11, of all dates -- both emboldened and failed to appease radical Islamic people who planned embassy attacks for months prior.

Nope. Crickets on that stuff.

No, the narrative is that ROMMEY screwed up.

Hogwash, and insulting.

26 posted on 09/13/2012 4:46:19 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

the media are not reporters but democrats posing as reporters and they are pure evil enemies of America. the media need to be stopped.


27 posted on 09/13/2012 4:47:24 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: American Constitutionalist
Reviewing the troops:


28 posted on 09/13/2012 4:47:24 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

He didn’t botch it. That’s the problem the media can’t handle. He was presidential and didn’t wait 16 hours to condemn it. Or sleep on it- from reports I’ve heard. When Obama goes down he credibility of the news media will go along with it. Never has the media been so unfair and one-sided as it is right now. Romney isn’t even getting fair coverage. This is unprecedented, unprofessional, childish behavior. No matter what the issue, they refuse to criticize their “historic” president. They are trying to paint Romney as this evil right wing conservative when that couldn’t be further from the truth.


29 posted on 09/13/2012 4:48:57 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: SoFloFreeper

Romney was right on with his statement ,,, the left is merely jealous because 0bama blew it with his flipping and flopping response .

We don’t apoligize for the first amendment or our Constitution as a whole to anyone EVER !!!


30 posted on 09/13/2012 4:50:34 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Obama and Hillary have blood on their hands as they got Ambassador and 4 Americans killed.

The media attacks Romney when it is Obama that has created this dangerous situation in the entire Middle East.

31 posted on 09/13/2012 4:51:29 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: TexasCajun

I wiil suspend my campaign and return to Washington. How did
thay work out,Stevie!


32 posted on 09/13/2012 4:55:42 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: SoFloFreeper

Steve Schmidt is the guy that methodically trashed Sarah Palin. This guy is no Republican, he is a well known Judas.


33 posted on 09/13/2012 4:56:26 AM PDT by Obadiah (The Hunger Games -- Obama's vision for America)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I made the mistake of reading Yahoo forum posts on this yesterday..

It seemed like 99% of responses were “Romney screwed up big-time” even though the exact opposite is true.

It’s staggering how the media has twisted a GREAT response from Romney into a “gaffe” (what?!) and that there are so many gullible morons out there who actually fall for the spin.

If this keeps up, I’m not sure how the average voter is going to think the guy is competent enough to tie his own shoes - and I suppose that’s exactly the intent.


34 posted on 09/13/2012 4:58:50 AM PDT by jstolzen (All it takes for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Obama got caught flat footed on 9/11. Obama has blood in his hands that of the 4 Americans.

But the media instead attacks Romney who actually gave a great response.


35 posted on 09/13/2012 4:59:06 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: SoFloFreeper
How badly did Romney botch response to Libya attack?

I'm glad to see that the MSM is seeing things as they are.

That worthless piece of cow dung that fertilizes golf courses daily sure hasn't anything to do about it.

Romney did a fabulous job IMO and 0bama the Red did NOTHING but hitch a junket to Vegas for some SERIOUS business!

36 posted on 09/13/2012 5:04:14 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: rurgan
CBS reporter Jan Crawford coordinates with others to attack Romney at press conference and later on that day CBS is interviewing the President on 60 Minutes.

Coincidence?

We have coordinated attacks in Libya and coordinate attacks in the media here.CBS is nothing but propaganda for President Obama.

37 posted on 09/13/2012 5:07:25 AM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: Beagle8U

LOL — given that O has been truant for most of his intelligence briefings, he’d either have to start showing up if he lets Romney in, or else risk having Romney be more on top of events than he is by Romney’s attending them!


38 posted on 09/13/2012 5:08:16 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: tapatio

That pos demcorat CBS reporter Jan Crawford needs to be fired. That one just got caught red handed like Dan Rather did ( by a freeeper). But almost all the reporters are democrats posing as reporters. These “reporters” are pure evil enemies of America and enemies of Republicans


39 posted on 09/13/2012 5:10:55 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: livius
Funny - Romney’s response was the thing that made me finally decide to go down to the GOP headquarters and volunteer to work phones.

Governor Romney's response was good enough that I have finally decided to contribute to his campaign.

I fully realize that Mr. Romney has done things that I didn't like and will do things that I won't like, but the Kenyan Clown, over these four years, has been an utter disaster. I can only condemn every single action that he has taken, both foreign and domestic. The headlines from the Middle East are the direct result of the Kenyan Clown's follies.

David Limbaugh correctly labels Barack Hussein Obama as "The Great Destroyer."

Another four years of the Kenyan Clown's blazing destruction of our country is unthinkable.

40 posted on 09/13/2012 5:12:43 AM PDT by snowsislander (Please, America, no more dog-eating Kenyan cokeheads in the Oval Office.)
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To: EBH

What?????


41 posted on 09/13/2012 5:17:23 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Steve Schmidt is the most effective operative the Democrats have.


42 posted on 09/13/2012 5:18:10 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: sillsfan

you forgot the Brookings Institute quoted as well...the funny thing is they use Schmidt as a source then later go with this paragraph: “The seeming mishandling of the situation prompted comparisons to McCain’s handling of the financial meltdown in September 2008, which is widely seen as having contributed to Mr. Obama’s victory that November. One top adviser to McCain’s 2008 run told CBS News that while the Romney campaign should be concerned, the situations are fundamentally different.”...classic criminal liberal media spin....


43 posted on 09/13/2012 5:20:10 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: autumnraine

Mitt Romney yet to receive security briefings
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-romney-libya-security-briefing-20120912,0,6713466.story

Date 9/12/12


44 posted on 09/13/2012 5:22:09 AM PDT by EBH (Courage, Trust, Sacred Honor, Truth, Freedom)
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To: TexasCajun

Steve Schmidt is a P O S .......

Childish I know, but it makes me feel better.


45 posted on 09/13/2012 5:23:40 AM PDT by BilLies
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To: SoFloFreeper

Posted this at CBS too:

Romney should say:

“My only regret is that we have a President who’s first instinct is to apologize for something America didn’t do.”

“Such behavior is a sign of weakness that only invites the type of violence we have witnessed.”


46 posted on 09/13/2012 5:29:15 AM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: DarthVader
Allen West and some other General kicked ass on FOX this morning. We need these people in charge and that SOB out! Hillary was never qualified to be SOS none of them are qualified for their positions.
47 posted on 09/13/2012 5:30:53 AM PDT by angcat (ROMNEY/RYAN 2012)
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To: Gene Eric

They were, and still are, in the tank for Stalin and all his purges, robberies and mass murders.

It is hard to manifest one’s displeasure at their lies and leftist democrat political spin. Maybe a secondary boycott of the local TV stations might get their attention....don’t patronize the local merchants who carry the Network News.


48 posted on 09/13/2012 5:32:08 AM PDT by BilLies
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To: SoFloFreeper

This is but a foretaste of the unceasing, blind-with-hatred criticism that the media will sling at President Romney for unseating their messiah and spoiling his commie plans. It will make their treatment of Bush seem like a romance.


49 posted on 09/13/2012 5:36:38 AM PDT by informavoracious (Abortions are unproductive wrongs, not reproductive rights.)
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To: jstolzen

MSM is totally controlled by liberals.


50 posted on 09/13/2012 5:37:56 AM PDT by granada
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