Obama: Romney Did Not "Have Facts Right" on Attack

Obama: Romney Did Not "Have Facts Right" on Attack

After Romney's criticism of the Obama administration's initial response to the protests at the U.S. embassy in Egypt, President Obama says his Republican opponent has a "tendency to shoot first and aim later."

Published September 12, 2012

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Barack Obama says Republican Mitt Romney "seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later."

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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(Photo: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Written by Charles Babington, Associated Press

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