Thursday Sep 13, 201211:50 PM GMT
Romney heckled in Virginia for 'politicizing' US ambassador's death
Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:49PM
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday was confronted by an angry heckler who accused him of "politicizing" the death of the top U.S. diplomat in Libya to gain an advantage over President Barack Obama.


On Tuesday, U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and at least three members of his staff were killed during protests over a film that mocked the Prophet Mohammad and was promoted by Terry Jones, a U.S. pastor who had previously sparked deadly riots threatening to burn Qur'ans.


"It's disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks," Romney said.


That initial statement from the former Massachusetts governor and his press conference later in the day were both panned as "irresponsible" and "craven."


Although Romney toned down his criticism of the president the next day at a campaign stop in Fairfax, Virginia, one heckler refused to forgive the candidate.


"Why are you politicizing Libya?" the man screamed. "Why are you politicizing Libya?"


At that point, Romney supporters in the crowd began to chant "U-S-A!" and "Mitt! Mitt!"


The Associated Press reported that supporters also attempted to cover the man's face with a Romney-Ryan campaign sign, but he ripped it up and left the event. Raw Story




Romney faced heavy criticism from across the political spectrum for statements issued on Tuesday evening and repeated at a press conference on Wednesday morning in which he accused the Obama administration of being too ready to apologize for American values. Guardian


Romney on Wednesday had used the death of Stevens to score political points by accusing Obama of "sympathizing" with the enemy after the U.S. embassy in Libya released a statement condemning the anti-Muslim film. Raw Story


The violence in Benghazi followed protests in neighboring Egypt where protesters scaled the walls of the Cairo embassy and tore down the American flag and burned it during protests over what demonstrators said was a U.S. film that insulted the Prophet Mohammed.


Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren on Thursday morning blasted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's criticism of the Obama administration.





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