Romney: Biden 'Doubling Down on Denial' of Libya Failures
After a new Virginia poll showed Romney with a 7-point lead over Obama in the state, Mitt Romney campaigned in Richmond, Virginia on Friday and put more pressure on the Obama administration to tell Americans the truth about what they knew before terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Libya, killing Chris Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.
Romney said Vice President Joe Biden "directly contradicted the sworn testimony of State Department officials" during his debate with Paul Ryan on Thursday.
"He's doubling down on denial," Romney said.
Romney said Americans have a "right to know" what happened leading up to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya, and "we're going to find out."
During Thursday's vice presidential debate, Biden said, "we weren't told they wanted more security there ... We did not know they wanted more security."
His words contradicted the testimony of State Department officials who on Wednesday said they had turned down requests for more security from Americans in Libya.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday said when Biden said "we" during the debate what he was really referring to was himself and Obama, which leads opens the question of whether they would have known had Obama attended his in-person intelligence briefings and asked his briefers questions.
Romney, in Richmond, also focused on the economy and called Obama the "status quo" candidate of "high unemployment" who would take the country down the road to "fiscal calamity."
Romney said entrepreneurs will risk their savings to start businesses so long as they know "we are not on the road to Greece."
He said the Obama campaign was more concerned about saving Big Bird than jobs.