Paul Ryan: No, Obama Did Not Call Benghazi Massacre a Terrorist Attack in the Rose Garden
GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan defended Mitt Romney’s debate attacks on Libya this morning, repeating charges that President Obama had waited two weeks to dub the violence at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi an act of terrorism.
Paul Ryan weighed in on the controversy today on ABC.
The Hill reported:
“It was a passing comment about acts of terror in general, it was not a claim that this was a result of a terrorist attack,” Ryan said on ABC’s “Good Morning America. “Nobody believed at that Rose Garden speech that the president was suggesting that particular attack was an act of terror.”
In an exchange that has fueled a debate over the administration’s response to the attacks, debate moderator Candy Crowley stepped in Tuesday night to correct Romney’s assertion that Obama did not use the phrase “act of terror” the day after the attack on the consulate in Benghazi last month that resulted in the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
In fact for days after the attack the Obama Administration would specifically not call the massacre in Benghazi an act of terrorism.