On Wednesday morning, hours after the deaths of four U.S. diplomats, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Mitt Romney put his campaign on the line by attacking President Barack Obama and the besieged diplomats in the Middle East.
Romney, in a statement released Tuesday night, had called the president's handling of the Libya and Egypt attacks "disgraceful." "When our grounds are being attacked, and being breached, that the first response of the United States must be outrage at the breach of the sovereignty of our nation. And apology for America's values is never the right course," he said.
Romney's reference to an "apology for America's values" was directed at a statement the U.S. Embassy in Cairo put out on Tuesday morning, but that statement, which was itself responding to the outrage over the anti-Islamic film was issued before the embassy was attacked, despite Romney's statement to the contrary. What's more, the statement does not apologize for America's values, but rather supports a founding American value, religious tolerance, while referencing the "universal right of free speech." Read the statement in full "here."TPJ: Of course we stand for "freedom on speech" but we also stand for religious tolerance. Of all the sleazy attacks from Romney this election, this one is particularly offensive because he's attacking our diplomatic core which serves presidents regardless of party. This was a horrid attack on America and is not a time for political grand-standing and cheap shots. This is not an issue to use for political attacks and it just underlines how desperate they have come to win the election at all costs. Politicizing the death of our ambassador to Libya on the day following 9/11 is not leadership, but rather a cheap-shot. The juxtaposition between yesterday's national unity on the anniversary on 9/11 with today's cheap shot from Romney couldn't be worse.
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