The president said he will let the American people decide if Romney's remarks were irresponsible.
Obama, in an interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes," said Romney "didn't have his facts right" when he criticized U.S. officials for their initial response to protests at the U.S. embassy in Egypt.
White House press secretary Jay Carney read Obama's answer on a flight to Las Vegas, where Obama is scheduled to gave a campaign speech.
Obama said that as president, he has learned it's important to — in his words— "make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts."
Asked if Romney's remark were irresponsible, Obama said he would let the American people judge that.
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