Obama assumes responsibility for Libya consulate attack

WASHINGTON Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:37pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as he debates Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as he debates Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York October 16, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he was "ultimately responsible" for the safety and security of the four Americans killed in last month's attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

"I'm the president and I'm always responsible," Obama said during a high-stakes debate with Republican rival Mitt Romney at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. just three weeks before Election Day.

The September 11 killings of the U.S. ambassador and three colleagues in assaults on the consulate in Benghazi have become a flashpoint in the 2012 election campaign, with Republicans seizing on the issue to accuse Obama of failed leadership.

Obama repeated his vow to hunt down those behind the attack but he also slammed Romney for his early criticism of the administration's response before the full extent of the casualties was known.

(Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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Comments (2)
Sensibility wrote:
Barack Obama has no solutions, no ideas for solutions, and no remorse, and no shame for his failures of the last four years.

Oct 16, 2012 11:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Pseudonymous wrote:
So, he ordered the attack? Did he personally shoot someone? You have better editors than this, Reuters.

Oct 17, 2012 2:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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