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Team Obama to Romney: Speak positively about Libya, or not at all
Washington Examiner ^ | 10/11/12 | Byron York

Posted on 10/11/2012 5:01:04 PM PDT by markomalley

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter stirred a lot of controversy Thursday when she blamed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for injecting the Libyan consulate attack into the presidential campaign. “The entire reason that this has become the political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan,” Cutter told CNN. “It’s a big part of their stump speech and it’s reckless and irresponsible.”

Cutter’s remark angered Team Romney aides, who noted that — with the exception of Romney’s statement condemning the administration on the night of September 11 — Romney and Ryan have not, in fact emphasized Libya in their campaigning. One campaign aide called Cutter’s words “outrageous” and said the candidates might soon respond.

At the media center here in Danville before the vice presidential debate, I asked Cutter whether the Libyan attack, which left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead, should be part of the campaign. Yes, she said, but only if it takes the form of a solution-oriented discussion. “I think that if candidates have legitimate points to make and constructive policies to put on the table of what they would do differently, it’s a legitimate topic,” Cutter said. “But to come out the night of an attack and accuse the administration of something and politicizing it from the beginning is not right, and I think that Mitt Romney was fairly criticized for that.”

“If Mitt Romney has some serious things that he’d like to put on the table about how he would handle Libya, or if Mr. Ryan wants to do that tonight, it’s a legitimate discussion to have, and we look forward to that,” Cutter continued.

There’s a debate going on inside the Romney campaign over how much to emphasize the Libyan attack on the campaign trail. (See my column tomorrow for more details.) The short version is that some Romney aides believe the Libya story is moving forward on its own and does not need a push from the Romney campaign. Others believe the story is so important and compelling that Romney should make it part of his campaign presentation. So far, the cautious camp has prevailed.

But now there is real anger, or perhaps real irritation, over Cutter’s remarks. She of course knows that. But the Obama campaign is sticking to the tried-and-true strategy of deferring real questions over the issue until its investigation is over — which would not happen, of course, until long after the election. “I think that in situations like this, when there is an attack on Americans, it is an attack on all of us,” Cutter says. “And the most responsible thing that we can do is to get to the bottom of what happened. And that’s what the administration has been doing, conducting an investigation with all of our resources to get to the bottom of why it happened and how we prevent it from happening again. It’s not a worthwhile discussion to accuse the administration of cover-up, when it’s just not true.”


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cutter
In the words of the Secretary of State:
"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration."

1 posted on 10/11/2012 5:01:06 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Here's a suggestion: send fully armed Americans wherever we need to in order to protect our people. And teh hell with what the locals want.
2 posted on 10/11/2012 5:03:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: markomalley
Obama might as well stamp his lil foot and demand Romney speak positively of his administration or not speak at all.

Sorry junior. Politics doesn't work like that.

3 posted on 10/11/2012 5:05:36 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: markomalley

Romney should use the audio of Shrillary shreiking those words in a campaing commercial.


4 posted on 10/11/2012 5:05:36 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: markomalley
Is this a threat of some sort by the regime? Or, as is usual in children, they don't like to be called on the carpet when they've done something wrong...??!!
5 posted on 10/11/2012 5:06:13 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Sounds like a threat to me.


6 posted on 10/11/2012 5:08:17 PM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

Yeah, me too.


7 posted on 10/11/2012 5:08:39 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: markomalley

Mr. Obama, I am positive that the incompetence and insanity of you and your administration resulted not only in the deaths of four Americans, but also in the humiliaiton of American by her enemy Al Qaeda on 9/11, 2012.

Mr. Obama, I am positive that you and Hillary Clinton should not only be impeached and removed from office as a result of this, but I am also positive that both of you should serve time in prison for their deaths, because you are both responsible for their deaths.

Mr. Obama, I am positive that neither America nor her citizens deserve nither of the likes of you.


8 posted on 10/11/2012 5:09:15 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: markomalley; All
""Team Obama to Romney:
Speak positively about Libya,
or not at all..."



9 posted on 10/11/2012 5:11:30 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: markomalley
The ad should be a video of obama demanding that Mitt STFU about Libya and then play the video of hildebeast screeching those very lines.

LLS

10 posted on 10/11/2012 5:12:13 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRESS ARE NO LONGER TRUSTWORTHY OR DESERVING OF RESPECT!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

What’s the “regime” going to do? Arrest Romney for campaigning? (not that I’d put it past the little rat) Call in the U.N.? What?

(My blood pressure is going to skyrocket before the debate even starts.)


11 posted on 10/11/2012 5:12:30 PM PDT by madison10
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To: markomalley
Others believe the story is so important and compelling that Romney should make it part of his campaign presentation. So far, the cautious camp has prevailed.

"The cautious camp" disgust me. "the story will move ahead on its own"? It's 3 weeks people. FYI, Democrat scandals never move ahead on their own.

Obama, Hillary and the State Department have NO defense, NO leg to stand on. Hammer them. This is for all the marbles, there will be no replay.

"The cautious camp" must be the same ball-less wonders that piloted Bob Dole and John McCain to their non memorable non victories.

12 posted on 10/11/2012 5:14:34 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: markomalley
It’s not a worthwhile discussion to accuse the administration of cover-up, when it’s just not true.”

Oh, then explain to us why the "disgusting video" story was broadcast to the entire world when you KNEW the attacks were coming, KNEW that no one knew anything about the video, KNEW it was not a protest but a preplanned attack, and did nothing?

Tell me it's not true some more, please. Tell me lies. You're becoming yet another millstone around Obama's neck.

13 posted on 10/11/2012 5:15:09 PM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: markomalley
Oh Yeah??? Who's gonna make him? Was that a threat, oh for that I have ROFL.

4 DEAN MEN is not a bump in the road. Wasn't nice to get those 4 men killed. Let's talk girlie.

14 posted on 10/11/2012 5:15:22 PM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: annieokie

4 DEAN MEN, should be DEAD MEN. Go oil your fingers.


15 posted on 10/11/2012 5:16:21 PM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: markomalley

Believe Romney let them have it with both barrels on this topic a short time ago and that is in another thread here on FR.


16 posted on 10/11/2012 5:18:00 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: markomalley
Stephen Hayes ‏@stephenfhayes

"Is Stephanie Cutter, who speaks for the president, still unaware that US intel had intercepts between jihadists "hours" after Libya attack?"

17 posted on 10/11/2012 5:18:28 PM PDT by randita
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To: markomalley

I’ve got news for the kenyan usurper who thinks he is emperor - In the United States we STILL have Freedom of Speech!


18 posted on 10/11/2012 5:21:04 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping, gay bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO!)
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To: madison10; Brad's Gramma
"Sounds like a threat to me."

That's how I see it, too.

19 posted on 10/11/2012 5:22:14 PM PDT by hummingbird (Lather, Rinse........BUT DO NOT REPEAT - REPEAT IS A SCAM.)
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To: markomalley

Obama lied. Our ambassador died.


20 posted on 10/11/2012 5:23:19 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: randita
""Is Stephanie Cutter, who speaks for the president, still unaware that US intel had intercepts between jihadists "hours" after Libya attack?"

And, there was sufficient info from the Ambassador weeks ahead that more security was needed.

Plus, she had to know the "film" was a scam.

21 posted on 10/11/2012 5:26:28 PM PDT by hummingbird (Lather, Rinse........BUT DO NOT REPEAT - REPEAT IS A SCAM.)
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To: markomalley

The regime has lost all credibility from having the lie exposed and that toothpaste is not going back in the tube.

I kind of understand how Romney needs to be careful - but Miz Cutter really did him a favor with that panic filled attack.

I am rusty on my Shakespeare, but, “methinks the lady doest protest too much”


22 posted on 10/11/2012 5:27:59 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: markomalley
Here's a link to Ms. Clinton's calmly voiced words.
23 posted on 10/11/2012 5:29:04 PM PDT by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: markomalley
No issue in this campaign says more about Obama and others of his lefty ilk than Libya. None.

It should be one of the biggest discussion points in this election but it shines the light so brightly you can see why the LSM tries to cover it up as much as they can.

The less this is talked about the better it is for Obama and liberals of the past, present and future.

24 posted on 10/11/2012 5:36:02 PM PDT by Condor 63
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They can go to h*ll. Thank you.


25 posted on 10/11/2012 5:51:47 PM PDT by Jenny217
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To: markomalley
LIBYA WAS A POSITIVE ADMINISTRATION SCREW UP! IS THAT POSITIVE ENOUGH FOR YOU, LADY?
26 posted on 10/11/2012 6:02:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: markomalley
The MSM has done its part to sweep this entire monumental failure, subsequent lies, coverup and whitewash under the rug in a vast left-wing conspiracy to withhold facts , lie to America and shamelessly kill and bury this story in a joint effort to help the current failed, corrupt regime in any way possible..


Will be fun to watch this saga play out... It started with sheer incompetence, progressed to lies and coverup and is rapidly moving into the realm of conspiracy, finger-pointing and firings...



27 posted on 10/12/2012 12:13:24 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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