Debate moderator Candy Crowley fact checks Romney on Libya attacks
New York, NY, United States (4E) – Candy Crowley, the moderator for Tuesday’s second presidential debate, was in the middle of controversy when she fact checked Republican nominee Mitt Romney for saying that President Barack Obama did not call the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya as an “act of terror.”
Crowley corrected Romney during the debate when he charged that the president failed to tell the American people that the attack was a terrorist act until 14 days after the actual incident occurred.
Crowley discussed that particular moment when she joined CNN’s panel after the debate. She admitted that the former Massachusetts governor was “right” by saying that the Obama administration waited weeks before they acknowledged that the attacks were done by terrorists, but felt Romney used the wrong word at the time.
Midway into the debate, an uncommitted voter in the town hall-style debate asked a question to President Obama about the Benghazi incident that killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
When it was Romney’s turn to respond to the question, he said that it took days before the administration decided it would call the Benghazi attack an act of terror.
In his remarks delivered on Sept. 12, a day after the incident, Obama called it an “act of terror”.
Romney’s surrogates were displeased over Crowley’s performance in handling the debate. Most of the surrogates think that she was wrong in her assertion, which they believed benefited President Obama.