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ICYMI: Chairman Priebus: "Libya Consulate Attack Highlights Differences Between Romney and Obama"

- October 10, 2012

Excerpts from Townhall


By: Chairman Reince Priebus

October 10, 2012


"In last week's presidential debate on domestic policy, the contrast between President Obama and Governor Romney was sharp...

"Despite promises four years ago to 'restore America's standing in the world,' President Obama has weakened America's global influence with his strategy of leading from behind. Violence rages in Syria, Iran is closer than ever to a nuclear weapon, the Middle East witnessed anti-American riots on the anniversary of 9/11, and four Americans were murdered in a terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi...

"...It is clear that the Obama administration has been caught flat-footed, if not deliberately misleading, in its response to the tragic events in Libya and its handling of the security situation there. For the last month, they have dodged questions and offered contradictory responses...

"They adamantly insisted the attack was spontaneous and the result of an Internet video. Only later did they admit it was, in fact, an act of terrorism and most likely pre-planned...

"America needs a president who will lead clearly, boldly and unwaveringly. In a major foreign policy speech on Monday...Governor Romney showed he will be just such a president. He outlined his vision for America's role in world--one of clarity, leadership, and peace through strength.

"'The 21st century can and must be an American century,' he said. 'Our friends and allies across the globe do not want less American leadership. They want more--more of our moral support, more of our security cooperation, more of our trade, and more of our assistance in building free societies and thriving economies.'

"In the face of crises and in the midst of turmoil, America must lead because, as the governor said, 'If America does not lead, others will--others who do not share our interests and our values--and the world will grow darker, for our friends and for us.'

"Governor Romney understands the status quo is unacceptable, and that a brighter, more peaceful future requires a stronger America. Leading from behind is not true American leadership..."

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