CNN’s Candy Crowley: Mitt Romney ‘right in the main’ about Libya

The most dramatic moment in Tuesday night’s debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney came during a heated discussion of Libya, when moderator Candy Crowley of CNN intervened and became a third voice in the contest.

Here’s the transcript, courtesy of Politico.com:

ROMNEY: I — I think interesting the president just said something which — which is that on the day after the attack he went into the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.

OBAMA: That’s what I said.

ROMNEY: You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror.

It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying?

OBAMA: Please proceed governor.

ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

OBAMA: Get the transcript.

CROWLEY: It — it — it — he did in fact, sir. So let me — let me call it an act of terror…

OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy?

CROWLEY: He — he did call it an act of terror. It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.

Soon after the debate was over, Crowley’s colleagues at CNN questioned her about the exchange:

Said Crowley:

”I knew the president had said ‘These acts of terror won’t stand,’ or whatever the whole quote was. Right after that, I did turn around and said [to Romney], ‘But you were totally correct that they spent two weeks telling us that this was about a tape, and that there was a riot outside the Benghazi complex, which there wasn’t.’

“So [Romney] was right in the main. I just think he picked the wrong word.”

Republicans this morning are pointing to these paragraphs from a Sept. 20 report on the CNN website:

The White House, for the first time Thursday, declared the attack that killed Stevens and three other people a terrorist attack.

“It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney, speaking to reporters on Air Force One.

Here’s what Obama said in the Rose Garden the day after he learned that J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other diplomatic personnel had been killed:

“Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe. No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.

“Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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536 comments Add your comment

edward anthony

October 17th, 2012
8:21 am

Obama lied and Candy Crowley swore to it.

Kathryn Wright

October 17th, 2012
8:27 am

Candy Crowley should be fired and brings shame to all bias reporting. Her behaviour confirms everything everyone already assumes about all the journalists smoking the Obama pipe. I’m disgusted. There is no integrity in television journalism.

Dewayne

October 17th, 2012
8:28 am

The Presidents in a fix now. If he truly “meant” that the act at the consulate was an act of “terror” when he spoke in the Rose Garden, then why did he continue to say for the next few weeks it had nothing to do with terror and was all about a film? It’s obvious the President was referring to acts of terror in general and was saying nothing about the action that killed Americans. Read the whole statement in context with the proceeding paragraph.

Mark

October 17th, 2012
8:29 am

@ edward anthony

Can you count the number of lies Romney told last night? He back tracked the entire night. He is such a weak candidate.

OBAMA 2012!!

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:30 am

Obama said it was a video that caused it all for over a month. Fatty Candy was supposed to be the moderator and instead looked like a shill for Obozo.

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HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:33 am

“”I knew the president had said ‘These acts of terror won’t stand,’ or whatever the whole quote was”

That’s not what Obama said. The part where she says “whatever the whole quote was” proves it. Obama never called it an act of terror and instead blamed a video that no one had ever heard of. Libya is Obama’s Watergate.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:34 am

“when moderator Candy Crowley of CNN stepped in to correct Romney.”

She didn’t correct Romney. In fact, she proved how the media covers for Obama. Since when is it the moderators job to step in and protect a presidential candidate?

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:36 am

“The premise of the entire debate is false, because the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was not an act of terror. ”

- Jay Bookman

So, now we have a left wing hack at the AJC saying it’s not an act of terror yet the president now says it is. You left wingers are really stupid people.

Tyler Smith

October 17th, 2012
8:38 am

The press comes through for Obama! After such a pathetic first debate, they make sure he gets a moderator who can lie for him.

Jan

October 17th, 2012
8:39 am

Romney was not only debating Obama but Candy as well. She constantly interrupted Romney & gave Obama more time & furthered Obama’s lie about Libyia. She should have kept her mouth shut until she had all the facts. Poor journalism, which is getting to be common-place with CNN.

Colin

October 17th, 2012
8:41 am

This article is an exact repeat of what she said last night. She basically said last night that they were both right: that Obama acknowledged this as an act of terror, and that the administration spent over a week telling us there was a protest in front of the consulate.

Anyone citing this as an example of media bias, or calling for Crowley’s head, maybe you just need to pay more attention to what’s being said.

Bob Loblaw

October 17th, 2012
8:41 am

As soon as you folks can lay down your partisan leanings and figure out how to explain how an attack on one of our nation’s embassies is not a terrorist attack, you’ll all be healthier.

Split these hairs all you wish. It’s the economy, stupid.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:42 am

“that the administration spent over a week telling us there was a protest in front of the consulate.”

They spent over a month saying that it was all about a video. It is not the job of the moderator to debate the candidate.

Robert

October 17th, 2012
8:43 am

She will be an example in future debates for moderators for “what not to do”. IMO the worst of the 3 so far.

ByteMe

October 17th, 2012
8:43 am

It wasn’t an act of terror. It was an assassination attempt. An act of terror requires that people be afraid. I’m not afraid of a bunch of dead-enders on the other side of the world.

It’s a made-up debate about something that even Republicans admit is something like 8th or 9th on the list of things that matter for this election.

On the other hand, it was funny to watch Romney’s face when he realized he fell into a trap of his own making.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:44 am

Someone mentioned that Candy is a vegetarian. She must not know the difference between brocoli and a double cheeseburger.

Jan

October 17th, 2012
8:44 am

Anyone who votes for Obama & his prior performance is ignorant & uneducated, or perhaps, on the govt dole.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:45 am

“An act of terror requires that people be afraid.”

I’m pretty sure those four people who were killed were afraid, ma’am.

Anne

October 17th, 2012
8:46 am

I am excited for Romney to jumpstart our economy and I believe he is the right man for the job. That said, it is inappropriate to name call and call Candy “fatty” and Obama “Obozo”. They are very educated, smart and articulate people that I happen to disagree with. I dislike that Candy gave Obama 3 more minutes total time than Romney and that she didn’t allow Romney to talk past time but did allow Obama. I don’t appreciate bias in a debate of this magnitude. I also don’t appreciate Candy acting as debate ‘fact checker’ rather than moderator. I don’t think she did a very good job but I do think that she was trying very hard to take control of the debate rather than be overrun by the candidates which was the take on the first debate. I hope that the next moderator can do the job of the moderator and if one candidate go’s over the other candidate gets equal amount of time overall. May the best man win. And that would be Romney :-)

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:46 am

“It’s a made-up debate about something that even Republicans admit is something like 8th or 9th on the list of things that matter for this election.”

Not meant to be a factual statement.

Bob Loblaw

October 17th, 2012
8:46 am

@Jan:

When you turn 65, promise us that you won’t use Medicare or Social Security. Fake. You’re probably already riding around to your TEA Party rally on your 100% federally paid for power chair.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:47 am

“That said, it is inappropriate to name call and call Candy “fatty” and Obama “Obozo”. ”

She is fat, and he is a bozo.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:47 am

“When you turn 65, promise us that you won’t use Medicare or Social Security.

I can assure you I won’t because neither will be around when I turn 65.

Ashley

October 17th, 2012
8:49 am

I was shocked that the moderator felt that fact checking, especially just ONE of the candidates, was an acceptable, non-biasing thing for her to be do. She didn’t do the ladies proud.

ByteMe

October 17th, 2012
8:49 am

I’m pretty sure those four people who were killed were afraid, ma’am.

By that stupid logic, every murder is an act of terror. Just stupid.

ByteMe

October 17th, 2012
8:50 am

I was shocked that the moderator felt that fact checking, especially just ONE of the candidates, was an acceptable, non-biasing thing for her to be do.

Could it be because SHE WAS THERE when Obama said it?

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:50 am

Can any left winger answer this simple question?

What is Obama’s plan to revive the economy?

Not one person on the left has asked that question and instead attacks Romney.

Jay Charles

October 17th, 2012
8:51 am

CANDY CROWLEY FOR PRESIDENT!!!

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:51 am

“Could it be because SHE WAS THERE when Obama said it?”

“These acts of terror won’t stand,’ or whatever the whole quote was. ” – Candy “fatty” Crowly.

You were saying, ma’am?

DUH!!!!!!!!!

October 17th, 2012
8:52 am

You right wingers are just pissed, because for once you got caught up in your own lies. Yes there was confusion between the State Department, the Obama administration, and the intelligence community, as no one wanted to jump the gun until we knew exactly what the issue was. Sure there was speculation, but all along Obama condemned the act of terror whether came from a video or Al Qaeda. how about the fact that Bush got a full on report that said “bin Laden attack imminent” and still continue to play golf on vacation now that’s bull crap right there.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:52 am

“CANDY CROWLEY FOR PRESIDENT!!!

You’d have to build a bigger house for her.

m

October 17th, 2012
8:52 am

If it was a question of interpreting what Obama meant, then Crowley should have kept quiet and let the politicians duke it out. Or if she is going to say something, then she needs to get it right — not just what she “thought” was said.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:53 am

“how about the fact that Bush”

Ah yes, it’s Bush’s fault.

flagboy?

October 17th, 2012
8:53 am

I think both of these candidates should go on “The View” and get to the bottom of these important issues.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:53 am

Last night reminded me of that interview from 08 when Obama was corrected by George Snufalofagus about his “muslim faith.”

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:54 am

“You right wingers are just pissed, because for once you got caught up in your own lies.”

Yeah, that’s it (sarcasm for the incredibly stupid left wingers).

david shobe

October 17th, 2012
8:55 am

Candice Crowley is an undisciplined, ill informed and bias person who should never have been allowed to moderate the presidential debate. The debate commission and cnn should be criticized for her embarrassing performance.

jconservative

October 17th, 2012
8:57 am

First, Romney blew the opportunity to make the point on Libya. You cannot say that the President did not say something when immediately after the debate every program covering the debate shows the tape of Obama calling it an act of terror.

Romney knew the question would be raised. All he had to do was prepare an answer and he wins the point. If he had simply said “no comment” he would have been better off.

And the next debate is on foreign policy only.
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“they(the press) make sure he gets a moderator who can lie for him.”

Actually the moderators are selected by the Debate Commission:
Co-Chairmen – Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. & Michael D. McCurry

Board of Directors – Howard G. Buffett, John C. Danforth, John Griffen, Antonia Hernandez,
Reverend John I. Jenkins, Newton N. Minow, Richard D. Parsons, Dorothy Ridings,
Alan K. Simpson,

The next moderator is Bob Schieffer of CBS and he has selected the following topics:

“Subject to possible changes because of news developments, here are the topics for the October 22 debate, not necessarily to be brought up in this order:

America’s role in the world
Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan
Red Lines – Israel and Iran
The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – I
The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – II
The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World”

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:58 am

“the tape of Obama calling it an act of terror.”

He never called it that.

Harvey Wallbanger

October 17th, 2012
8:58 am

The more important qestion to me is why are we always stuck with a liberal media representative as moderator in these debates? Can’t we find some conservative moderators?

Personally, I’m also sick of the Obama lies. He’s the worst energy president we’ve ever had, and he has the unmitigated gall to claim credit for increased drilling on PRIVATE land during his term. All that while his energy department is restricting drilling in Alaska. What hypocrisy!!!

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:59 am

jconservative

If Obama called it an act of terror then why did he blame the video over and over and over over and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and overover and over and over again?

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:59 am

What’s Obama’s plan to fix the economy?

crickets…chirp…chirp…

Whirled Peas

October 17th, 2012
9:03 am

Candy is a bugger eating leftist. She would fit in well at the AJC. She has no respect for the people she supposedly serves.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
9:03 am

Why did Obama and Clinton make a commercial in Pakistan saying the attack was a spontaneous reaction to a movie?

Goosie

October 17th, 2012
9:03 am

Not only is it inappropriate to name call, it adds nothing to the conversation. How is Candy Crowley’s weight affecting her ability as a moderator? If you believe it does, please explain how. And in regards to the name in reference to Obama, that is strictly opinion that, once again, has no basis. Even if this opinion was explained, that is no reason to name call, and shows just how immature one’s thought process is, that you feel you have to resort to name calling in order to get your point across.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
9:05 am

“How is Candy Crowley’s weight affecting her ability as a moderator? ”

Because her mind was focused on the next cheeseburger.

“Even if this opinion was explained, that is no reason to name call, and shows just how immature one’s thought process is, that you feel you have to resort to name calling in order to get your point across.”

Poor baby.

Fred Talor

October 17th, 2012
9:05 am

I think it is a sad day in America when the moderator tries to sway the debate on way or another and that is exactly what happened.

chaos

October 17th, 2012
9:05 am

Crowley: “So let me — let me call it an act of terror…”

Well I’m glad she did, because the president dang sure didn’t for weeks.

In addition, and here is where Romney could have help himself, Obama stood in front of the UN 5 days later and mentioned the video as the cause multiple times.

We can do better. We should do better. We deserve better.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
9:05 am

Goosie

If you want to be a nanny then go get a job as a nanny.