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How will the meltdown in the Middle East affect the U.S. presidential election?
A vehicle and the surrounding area are engulfed in flames after it was set on fire inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi last night.
September 12th, 2012
03:55 PM ET

How will the meltdown in the Middle East affect the U.S. presidential election?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The violence in Libya has suddenly yanked the spotlight off the economy and put it squarely on foreign policy as far as the U.S. presidential campaign is concerned.

Mitt Romney is slamming President Obama for his administration's response to angry mobs attacking U.S. diplomatic buildings in the Middle East.

Romney said that a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was like an apology, calling it "disgraceful to apologize for American values." Other Republicans are jumping in, blasting the president's "failed foreign policy of appeasement and apology."

The White House has disavowed the embassy statement, saying it did not approve the statement. In it, the Cairo embassy condemned "continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims." This all goes back to a film produced in the United States that some Muslims found offensive.

Meanwhile the president condemned the attacks and said we must "unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence" that took the lives of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

The president's campaign said Romney is using the tragic events for political gain.

Others agree that Romney may have jumped the gun with his response.

Sen. John Kerry called Romney's remarks irresponsible, inexperienced and reckless. He said Romney was wrong to weigh in before all the facts are known.

As for voters, they tend to trust the president more on foreign policy. A CNN/ORC International Poll released this week showed President Barack Obama with a 54%-42% advantage over Romney.

Here’s my question to you: How will the meltdown in the Middle East affect the U.S. presidential election?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Russ in PA

    If we did – or had – followed a non-interventiosts foreign policy, would this even be a valid question? Sometimes one gets what one earns...

    September 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  2. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Nothing in the middle east or anywhere else will affect the re-election of obama, because he is the messiah to the blacks and hispanics who are pandered by the politicians in this country. Obama can do no wrong so no matter what romney says or does they will vote for obama because he is their gravy train.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  3. Shirley, Ohio

    I am just sad that politics were play my Mitt Romney on 9/11/2012 in regards to this middle east situation. Mitt Romney had not right invoking politics into for his gain. If he did not have something encouraging to say, he should have said nothing, after all we are all in this together. This is not a Republican or Democratic matter it is an American matter. It appears that Romney would rather shoot first and ask questions later and that is not how it work in today's World. You have to get the fact before you act and I think President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is handling this situation in a professional manner and I hope they continue to do so despite the fact that Mitt Romney trying to gain political points.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  4. Mel - Houston

    Contrary to what the neoconservatives think the US is not the puppet master for the Middle East. If the Middle East does not jump when the US says to the neoconservatives feel that a healthy dose of Shock and Awe will get them back in line. There is a segment of the population in the Middle East that would like to work with the global community but at the present time they don't seem to be in the majority. Time it seems is the only cure to this situation. Isolation get old quick for the general population over time.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  5. Jim McCabe (Forty Fort, Pa)

    Jack,

    The Middle East will not play a huge part in this years Presidential Election. The American public is too concerned over our economic issues here at home to worry about the barbaric acts of the Neanderthals in the Middle East. Unfortunately we have become somewhat immune to the murder and mayhem all in the name of Allah. The only way the Middle East will play a huge part in the election will be if one of the candidates changes his stance and tells all those countries to take a hike. My vote would go to that candidate. Maybe it's time we get the heck outta there so we can take care of ourselves.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  6. Ed from California

    It won't. Jack, Pres Obama will use prudent means, to all those who perpetrated this act of war to justice. Don't believe me...go ask Osama bin Laden. Now, Romney, like Bush II would probably attack Iran. After all attacking the wrong country is what the republican war mongers do best. There's no one better at foreign policy than who we have in the White House right now, Pres. Obama, V.P. Biden and Sect of State Clinton. We are in good hands.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  7. John from Alabama

    Jack: When U.S Ambassador Stevens dies is not the time for politics. I believe Mitt Romney statements were crude and incorrect in their facts. Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama talked about the Ambassador and the three other Americans lost to extremist in Libya. The Prime Minister of Libya denounced the attack in his country and was very sorry it happened, and promised the guilty would be brought to justice. The men and women who work for our State Department in the Foreign Service are very brave and dedicated to service. We do not need politics, but rather statesman in the White House.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  8. Herman Portland, OR

    Jack, Is the Arab spring called a melt down? There is continued unrest and continued massaging of the threat from the Middle East. The policies and leadership from our current administration is misdirected and weak. Thus resulting in the burning of our embassy and deaths of good patriot Americans. I hope that this election is based on American patriotism and values that have made us the the free country we are and proves the stand back and appease the opponent does not work.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  9. JD in NH

    As of this morning it has made Mr. Romney look like a reactionary fool.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  10. brain smith (San Diego CA)

    The effect on the election is already being felt. Specifically, regarding the murders of Christopher Stevens, and three other U.S. diplomats. Sadly, even before Christopher Stevens’ body is cold, there are people in American politics politicalizing these events. Trying to grab a political advantage by politicalizing these murders exposes the slimy and irresponsible underside of American politics.

    Also this, the murder of Christopher Stevens, and other three, will explode into an unimaginable crisis both internationally and domestically. As such, it is important for Americans to remember that America is founded on freedom of religion and freedom of speech. More than ever, during these days following the Arab Spring, these murders give America a chance to act resolutely, but at the same time, offer up tolerance with regard to religion and free speech. The keyword is “tolerance.”

    Tolerance does not mean weakness. Tolerance does not mean to hesitate. Instead employing tolerance, particularly right now, gives Americans the opportunity to back up the Pledge of Allegiance. This is especially true with the ending phrase. “with liberty and justice for all.” Specifically, as in this case, America shall grant the liberty to produce films and put them on YouTube. Censure of such would demonstrate hypocrisy. Additionally, again as in this case, America must guarantee justice by insisting that the murderers of Christopher Stevens, and the other three, be brought to justice swiftly with exacting precision. Delays and mistakes akin to the Lockerbie Scotland bombing of Pam Am flight 103, in fact, cannot be tolerated.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  11. Gary H. Boyd

    Not in the slightest Jack. Americans see the middle east as an on-going mob scene with no end in sight. The Muslims don't like America and most Americans don't like Muslims. What happens over there will have no influence on November 6th. It's as simple as thjat.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  12. Frank rName*

    Launch a limited nuclear strike against those countries.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  13. Rich McKinney, Texas

    That will all depend on what happens in the next couple of months. If the middle east turns into Chaos Obama will be blamed and replaced. Of course the alternative might not be a bit better. We all know republicans like to start wars with countries who have done nothing to them. if they get back in control of the Whitehouse all hell might break lose around the world. How many more wars can America afford?

    September 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  14. Pete in Florida

    Given Obama's gnerally excellent handling of foreign affairs and related events for the past 3 and a half years, as compared to both the last Republican President's incompetence and Romney's lack of knowledge or experience in this area, I'd have to say it helps Obama a LOT. But if you think that bombing and invading Iran is the answer to all the world's Middle East problems, then I'd say vote Republican this November.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  15. Loren, Chicago

    Not much. There are numerous issues that will go into voters' decision-making process and international politics will be low on the list, particularly an event two months before the election. However, if things continue to heat up and more American embassies are attacked, it will highlight President Obama's attempted appeasement of radical Islam and could have an effect.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  16. Greg Turman

    Jack;

    Jimmy Carter
    Nobel peace prize winner
    High un employment
    Cut domestic oil production via high taxes(dependent on OPEC)
    Iran fiasco
    Can you say, "Land slide Jimmy"?
    Gregory Turman
    Noonday,Texas

    September 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  17. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Thanks to Mr. Romney throwing fuel on the fire even before the facts became know, I hope hope he gets his just deserts at the polls. I am a registered Republican, but because of Mitt's and Newt's putting politics ahead of truth and patriotism, I plan to change my party affiliation ASAP!

    September 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  18. Sandra from Bonham TX

    As for me, put me in the Obama camp. We need someone cool and collected and thoughtful driving right now. Romney appears to be Bush on steroids. The statement his campaign released last night was bad enough, but then he comes out this morning, before the President, and doubles down on it. To top it off, the smirk and smiles were just plain offensive.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  19. Linda, St. Louis

    Hopefully Romney's irresponsible, unpatriotic, political attacks on President Obama will reveal once and for all that his sole focus is the presidency by any means necessary. You can't flipflop on the safety and security of Americans serving abroad. You can start a war and then be for it before you were against it. The American military don't serve Parisian missions during war; they fight and they die. Romney is an unpatriotic opportunist whose great cause is self promotion. Despite Romney's silence on how he'll create the millions of promised jobs, now we know. Solders. Unemployment goes down, Romney's military industrial complex friends get paid, offshore bank accounts get fatter and American patriots die. Hell to the chief.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  20. Charles

    It was the draft dodging gang in the Bush White House that upset the balance of power in the middle east and the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Iraqui citizens. The American electorate should realize that Romney would take us right back to that same old pattern.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  21. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Not at all. Romney is either playing to only the base or is just simply so incompetent that the effect is the same. The only game changer is if he fired some staff after realizing he put his foot in it. I don't expect that to happen.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  22. Gary in San Jose, California

    The Middle East meltdown will not affect the presidential election because we are all too numb to the seemingly incessant conflict in the Middle East.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  23. calaurore9

    It already has. Mitt the Marionette is having his strings pulled by Netanyahu and his NeoCon cronies. They are mounting a bully offense to make Obama look weak and blame him if the Arab Spring turns into an Arab Winter.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    September 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  24. Doug Ericson

    Netanyahu has asked Obama point blank through the press, for help in making Iran end its Nuclear bomb program now, not later, as in after the election. I supose Netanyahu wants a guarantee of US planes, with which to bomb Irans Nuclear Bomb making capability Plants back to the Stone Age. Obama has let it known that he will make that decision on his own time table. Meanwhile Libyan Islamic extremist suddenly decide to act out and kill our Ambassador to Libya and 3 of his associates, because of a video that is demeaning to Islam, that has been out there for I don't know how long. That murder is a huge monkee wrench fouling up an already volatile situation. Egyptian extremist are ramping up for their response to the demeaning video. Somehow the reckless preacher from Florida, ( the same one that advocated burning Holy Books), is involved in this mess too, by promoting the video. Netanyahu is obviously trying to sway the election in Romneys favor. Obama will ask for calm, and try to sort this mess out in a rational way. It won't hurt Obama's chances of winning the election, unless Obama does something rash, because above all else, people don't want WW3 to start ever. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  25. Phil in Florida

    Interesting question. Romney wouldn't understand what is happening, until his advisors tell him what to say. Obama could answer it, without thought! Republicans are only concerned about their corporation's involvement. So the question is moot!

    September 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  26. Beth

    Romney already tried to blame the President but that seems to have backfired on him since even Republicans are saying he screwed up. In his rush to attack the President, he blurted out nonsense that made him, not the President, look ridiculous. In the end, this will give Pres. Obama another bump. From comments made from several sources throughout the morning, President Obama's record with regards to foreign policy is strong. I think the American people will realize that Romney is not ready to lead the country since he can't even distinguish between diplomacy and an apology. The mere thought of him being turned lose to deal with the very delicate and serious issues in the Middle East makes my heart race.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  27. Jim in Denver, CO

    Jack,
    Who knows, how can you make a bigger mess out of the mess that is our election process. Time will tell on this one.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  28. David, Tampa

    Not much. By the time November rolls around other events will occupy our limited attention, you know like what reality star is doing what, or how far off the deep end some celeb has gone, baseball will be over, football driving towards the playoffs and basketball just getting underway. Not much room in there for anything of substance.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  29. Pete in Georgia

    It could make a difference with Independent voters if they look for the TRUTH in how weak a president Obama has been defending American values and traditions around the globe. His constant apologies to the lunatics in the middle east has weakened our position and image there and in the process embarrassed and insulted Americans at home.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  30. George in PA

    Although it should be left out of the choice, it means more uncertainty and that likely will result in people choosing to stay the course with the current administration.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  31. Steve Newman

    Romney looked not ready for prime time. Four people die, including our ambassador-a terrific guy- and he tries to score political points. He just proved he has no decency, no shame. This was an attack by Al Qaeda and all Americans should be supporting President Obama as we all supported President Bush on 9/11.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  32. Bert, in L.A., CA

    Hi Jack, President Obama’s re-election is more likely with a Middle East meltdown because Obama does not jump into a war, he gets us out! Americans remember how Bush lowered taxes on the rich and then started two Middle East wars leaving the tab for our grandchildren to pay. Romney is Bush déjà vu, and nobody wants to see him again; not at the Republican National Convention and certainly not in office.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  33. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Israeli anti-Islam psyops would be anti-Semitic if reversed. Israel needs to have a war with Iran. The war will be big. Vote for Obama to avoid war. Vote for Romney to put defense contractors to work, the bigger war the better.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  34. BOB IN Ohio

    By making ridiculous comments on how President Obama should be handling events in the Middle East, Mitt Romney will show everyone just how inept he is when it comes to foreign policy and diplomatic matters.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  35. Brad, Portland, OR

    It won't.

    Basically Romney and Obama agree on the things that aren't out of our control anyway.

    The situations in Egypt and Libya are due to the conditions, culture, and people within those countries, and neither Romney nor Obama can really change them.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  36. Maddy

    I personally am really disgusted with the way President Obama has been handling foreign affairs as well as the economy. He has been avoiding taking responsibility for our economy, spending money we do not have and making more empty promises to the American people. It is clear to me that WW3 is just around the corner due to the president incompetence in working with our allies in the Middle East. He keeps beating around the bushes with his poor response about the economy, foreign affairs and anything else that seems to interfere with his campaign. I never voted in my life and when he was elected I thought he was going to make the world a better place. After taking my first U.S history class this past spring in college, I became really interested in politics and realized how important it is to vote. I have been following the campaigns and the Arab Spring that is sweeping across the middle east closely. I registered to vote this year and I am voting for Romney. I think President Obama will go down in history as the worst president ever! Furthermore, if he wins the election this year, "Oh my god" we Americans are going to hurt ten times more than we are now.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  37. Al

    Let's see Jack, which candidate has the stronger program to restore peace and prosperity in the Middle East? How does it compare to his program to restore the economy at home? Middle East meltdown might not matter much.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  38. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I'm very grateful every day that the other man didn't win last time as we would be in at least 3 wars now. He would have bombed Iran and increased troops in the other two wars. I hope that the war hungry GOP doesn't get in control again.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  39. Shirley, Ohio

    Hopefully the American people will see that Mitt Romney is not ready for prime time. Everyone should have kept their mouths shut and allowed President Obama and his Administration to handle this situation as they see forth. I cannot see how Americans nominated Mitt Romney to attempt to become president of the United States when he does not care about anything or anyone but himself.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  40. Doug-Dallas

    It more than likely show how unprepared Romney & Ryan are to handle an overseas crisis. What we see so far is it's easy to be critical and a lot harder to have a solution to the problem. The devil's in the details!!

    September 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  41. Dave - Phx

    It wont affected it at all for me. I could care less if it melts down.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  42. Kevin in CA

    It'll give Romney a chance to genuflect at the neo-conservative alter by espousing Republican demagoguery for strong military action ... aka – yet another war.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  43. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    The meltdown as you put it, has had the effect exposing Mr. Romney's true sinister self.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  44. Steve,NY

    The meltdown in the Middle East is going to hurt Obama. Let's face it, he's a rookie. It's obvious that he's confused on thie Middle East. His true colors show that he was brought up as a Muslim. He's always apologising for our country.
    Remember his statement in the past that United States is not at war with Islam and never will be. That's is true, Islam is at war with us.
    We need a strong leader in the white house and not Liberal rookie. We need some body to protect our values and not constantly apologising for them. Looks like Romney is our man.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  45. Kyle Clifton

    As of now I don't believe there will be too much emphasis on foreign policy in this upcoming election despite the meltdown occurring in the Middle East. I feel that Americans are more focused on internal affairs this time around. The economy, entitlements, and social issues have been the focus thus far, and I believe these will stay as key campaigning efforts. I do think foreign policy could become a key issue if Israel strikes Iran. Despite the troubles on our own soil Americans of many backgrounds would focus heavily on our handling with that situation.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  46. Romney - no foreign policy experience

    Romney keeps making the case for the president. Romney constantly shoots his mouth off. The campaign has probably made to the calculation that if things continue on the current path he will lose. It now appears everything Romney does in simply out of desperation. While the events in Libya are tragic, the event has caused a shift to foreign policy and away from the economy. That is a very bad development for Romney.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  47. Annie, Atlanta

    With all that's going on right now in this Country with a presidential campaign in full swing, why are you focusing on questions that many of us know nothing or very little about?

    September 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  48. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Romney has the unenviable role of being the idiot challenger. His only foreign experience is shipping American jobs to Communist China and India. As tragic as this latest incident is, it will expose Romney as being absolutely clueless when it comes to international diplomacy. His lack of ability makes him the most dangerous candidate since G.W. Bush.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  49. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Jack you failed to mention how many on the Right like Peggy Noonan, and Mark Halprin have slammed Romney for politicizing this situation. One on the Right compared Romney actions to McCain's "Lehman moment" when McCain suspended his campaign at the time and many saw that as a sign of panic on his part. This all does go back to Bush and Iraq; isn't this exactly what the neocons wanted to happen" a liberated Middle East? As for the President apologizing, well, he is a Muslin after all. This is a domestic election focusing on Medicare, Reproductive rights and oh yeah, the economy.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  50. Renee, Illinois

    The president has had a greater latitude on foreign policy, hence greater approval; if only by virtue of getting bin Laden he's been more successful than the previous administration. Could it be that Romney is jumping on any opportunity to slam the president in an area that traditionally the Republicans considered one of their strong points? This is another incident that calls for Americans to stand together not allow ourselves to be divided. Given Romney's lack of foreign policy experience and recent gaffes overseas I think he needs to tread very carefully or he risks slipping even further in the polls.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  51. barkway

    It means Romney doesn't stand a chance. His inaccurate and insensitive remarks following the attack on our embassy in Libya proves he can't handle international affairs, particularly during a crisis. Even prominent Republicans are speaking out against his actions. Romney just isn't ready for prime time in fact, he is dangerous to our national security with his inexperience and knee-jerk reactions to international events.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  52. Mack

    It means Romney doesn't stand a chance. His inaccurate and insensitive remarks following the attack on our embassy in Libya proves he can't handle international affairs, particularly during a crisis. Even prominent Republicans are speaking out against his actions. Romney just isn't ready for prime time in fact, he is dangerous to our national security with his inexperience and knee-jerk reactions to international events.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  53. gotup

    It will again demonstrate just how inept and obtuse Romney is and the wisdom and steadiness of the President. Romney and his cohorts are idiots and they are dangerous because they are idiots. The whole world is aware of it now as if they weren't before.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  54. Deb in MT

    Last night–with barely a half grasp of the facts–Mitt Romney blundered to the nearest microphone and lied about what the President had said. Romney was joined in his little charade by such GOPer glitteratti as Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and the ever lovely Reince Pribus.

    The rest of the GOPers either remained silent, or issued nonpolitical statements.

    Today–having been apprised again that he was wrong– Romney doubled down on his lie, once again demonstrating that he's definitely not ready for the big leagues.

    I suppose the anti-Muslim crowd will be horribly inflamed, but they all think President Obama is a 'secret Muslim' already, and would never vote for him.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  55. BrainTurnedOff

    This should only help Obama. He already has restored respect and reputation throughout the world. Mr. Romney, on the other hand, not a diplomat anyway, jumps to conclusions without having the facts first. He puts himself first, not America.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  56. Overby

    Well, there he ( Obama ) goes again. I don't go to church, and I don't own a gun, but when Obama insulted and ridiculed Americans for 'clinging' to their religion and their guns, it was offensive to all Americans. Now, he's apologizing to the Muslims because of what some whack-job looney says? It's all nuts. Hopefully, this will affect the election by getting a new president.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  57. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack I am not real sure how this will effect the next election but I do know one thing. If someone from America having an opinion or someone making a movie excites the Muslim world then those folks have some serious self esteem issues. But what can you expect from people who have no rights of their own or freedom to speak openly or freely about their own thoughts. If you live in a country where the government controls you every move then your not free to do anything but obey.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  58. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    The Middle East will play a major role in the Presidential election. Iran must be stopped and the candidate that does not present a viable plan to eliminate the threat from Iran will lose the race. Alignment with Israel is crucial. Israel knows the practicioners of the Muslim Taqiyya law and they know what has to be done to stop them. We tend to trust too much and do very little to verify the truth. Taqiyya is the law that permits and encourages the faithful to lie or do anything that will enable them to convert, subjugate or destroy the Infidel.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  59. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    It won't help that multiple choice, double jointed foot in he mouth candidate one bit. One does't need outside dippy diplomatic diplomacy from a fellow who has fallen out of grace with Humane Society.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  60. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Certainly it will aid Mitt Romney since some of his PACs have probably funded the film. I highly suspect both the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson who have already pledged their allegiance to Israel.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  61. Elizabeth From Toronto

    If a person is SMART nothing happens since neither Mr. Romney or President Obama can change these groups of repressed, ignorant people who blame the whole world in the name of Islam for their troubles. No one can fix their problems but them. Whenever a group of people is repressed, ignorant and small-minded nothing good ever happens for them. We can only hope that we remove them from our world with drones!!!!!

    September 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  62. Karl in Flint, MI

    This is just another example of the GOP's ignorant and over-partisan foreign policy politics. It goes right along with Romney's remarks on his previous foreign tour. He's an empty suit with a speaker inside and a bunch of morons fighting over the mike to see who can be the most repulsive in every situation.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  63. Gigi Oregon

    I know by the actions of Mitt Romney that my decision to support President Obama in the next election is the right choice. Mitt who says he is a Christian has shown that he does not know the scriptures. nor is he using the wisdom of God when he runs to the bully pulpit to slander the name of our government officials and most importantly President Obama. "We the People" elected President Obama to be our President and Mitt showed his arrogance for the office of the president of the United States of America. Mitt is breaking every law of our God's word.

    I pray that God will Bless America and give us the coolness under stress President Obama, not a "hot head" speaking before thinking President as Mitt Romney did this morning. He is not the President yet...

    September 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  64. Manny T

    It will continue to highlight the ineptness of the Ryan-Romney campaign towards foreign and domestic policy issues. Neither Ryan nor Romney have a clue how to work with other cultures and beliefs nor do they have a sense of history regarding democracy and democratic values. You can kill only so many people; at some point in time you must have dialogue in order to bring closure to a crisis. Kowtowing to the fringe interests of your party does not a president make.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  65. Ed from Texas

    It should help Obama, since the Neocons who started the Iraq War are Romney's foreign policy advisors.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  66. RickFromDetroit

    The problems with the Middle East go back long before Obama became President and nothing is going to change the relationship between the Arabs and the U.S. Here is why. [1] The U.S. has the largest Jewish population on the globe. [2] The ethnic composition in the Middle East is 90% Arabs and 10% Jews in Israel. [3] The U.S. foreign policy is 100% for the Jews in Israel and 0% for the Arabs. [4] Israel is our ally. DO THE MATH!

    September 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  67. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    yet another example that when it comes to foreign policy Romney will be run by the former Bush Neocons who want to go to war at the drop of a hat. i suspect they are already planning the war with Iran IF Romney is elected just like Bush and Cheney planned to attack Iraq before they ever got in power and used 9-11 as the excuse.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  68. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    I have to agree with John Kerry. Romney's comment was irresponsible, disgraceful, and baseless. In my own opinion, Romney had bad taste in blasting Obama while the rest of the world is watching how and in what form our reaction to this incident will take. Romney needs to get his facts straight and try to see things from the president's perspective before he criticizes, especially if he intends to continue his bid for that office.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  69. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Romney's desperate and factually inaccurate attack of President Obama's reaction to the latest crisis in the Middle East is reminiscent of John McCain's "Lehman Brothers Moment." Romney lost the election today.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  70. Larry in Pasadena, Ca.

    One pronounced effect should be obvious to anyone, partisan or not. The world is a complicated and difficult place these days, Jack, especially in the Middle East. All of the political turmoil, terrorism, warfare, and slaughter occurring throughout the region requires that U.S.foreign policy be carefully applied with a paintbrush, not a baseball bat. If Romney's so-called "foreign policy advisors" had half a brain, they would fire themselves for "advising" Romney to make such premature, ludicrous, and downright STUPID assertions about an unreviewed and unapproved starement, directly from the embassy in Cairo, which the president had nothing to do with. And to label it a "disgraceful apology" on the part of the Obama administration??? Considering Romney's "disgraceful" lack of foreign policy experience or even basic knowledge, for a presidential candidate that is, the main effect on the election will be this: If Romney doesn't learn how to keep his trap shut about things he's clueless about, then this election is already over. Any voter that cares about our place on the world stage will make sure of that! The REAL disgrace is Romney's truly shameful attempt to politicize this awful incident without even knowing the facts and timeline.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  71. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, it will give the Republicans and Democrats a chance to trade counter-arguments on foreign policy and thus take focus from the current state of the U.S. economy and jobs creation. It is always amazing how the campaign gets hijacked for one reason or another. Whatever the shortcomings of the Obama administration have been so far may pale in comparison to what the Romney and the Republicans would offer on domestic and foreign policy. I believe American voters need to look to the previous Bush presidency and ask if they want to vote for a new gang of neo-cons.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  72. steve

    This is what happens when there is a President who wants to be Mr. Nice guy to the world and disregards our own constitution.

    He must be voted out.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  73. liberal disease

    nothing will change the minds of Obama supporters, they want the USA diminished and they have the perfect putz for it

    September 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  74. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Don't you get tired of hearing how much of a failure we are, we Americans. The Republicans keep using that word as they speak about every aspect of our society; the economy, religion, foreign policy, morals, values, and on and on.

    I can see how so many start to have complexes and self worth problems if they continue to believe in the lies.

    Isn't time we come together and with truth and positivity begin to heal ourselves instead of continually condemning ourselves?

    September 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  75. M. J. Kitchens

    Was Arab Spring worth the death of Americans? Of course not! What would be worth that to you?

    I was about to vote for Romney until he said what he did about the Egyptian Embassy comments. Sorry, but I have family in foreign embassies, and Romney should NEVER be in a position to politicize them in this horrid, cynical way. Now I'll have to vote for Gary Johnson.

    Shame shame shame on Mitt Romney!

    MJ in Colorado

    September 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  76. Jeff from Idaho

    As far as I'm concerned, nope. I already think the "3 R's", Romney, Ryan and Ruination, are pretty much established and President Obama will win another term. President Obama took the right road in Libya, both with Gaddafi and now; condemnation first, gather the facts and then work out a longer term solution. I believe that most "thinking" Americans are tired of armed engagements and would prefer Obama for his cooler head and thinking over Romney ...

    September 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  77. Osilama Abu from Ontario,Canada

    Jack,
    Sad to hear another bad commentary from Mitt Romney-at what point will this man learn to shut his mouth and get hold of facts before commenting?This latest goof, by Mitty would further convince the electorate that he is not ready for a crisis role and render his candidacy a mirage.
    Go Obama 2012.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  78. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    The melt down in the Middle East will not affect U. S presidential elections unless rookie politicians like Mitt Romney gives the Middle East melt down a personal invitation to influence the 2012 presidential elections.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  79. Bob Thomson - Southfield, MI

    Romney just tipped his hand on how he might conduct foreign affairs by making critical comments before he had all the details and then misrepresenting the Presidents position to create a political advantage for himself. If this is how Romney will conduct business in the White House we will have more trouble than Bush created for us. Hopefully Romney just cooked his own goose.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  80. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    The Arab Spring didn't affect U S presidential campaigns therefore the melt down in the Middle East should affect the presidential elections unless a desperate rookie politician tries to use the melt down as a means to revive their campaign

    September 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  81. Terri from Blountville, TN

    I think that Mitt Romney's early statements speak volumes about his campaign. If this is any indication of how he would react as President, he is wrong for the job. He attempted a pre-emptive strike that was inappropriate. I think we need cooler heads who allow time to get all the facts before giving statements.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  82. Donaldo in ATL

    The Middle East is living in a different time and is completely dsyfunctional with civilized societies, so we need not be drawn into their cauldrum. We need strong and consistent policies, clearly understood with condequences to match. This undoubtedly is a test by foreigners to affect our way of life, we need to clearly understand it for what it is. We need not punish all for the actions of a few, but clearly we need some examples here eg. OBL.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  83. Will Walk

    Well if all our President does is issues threats then it should cost him the election. In the mean time why doesn't he post Hillary Clinton to Libya as a replacement?

    September 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  84. Pam from Texas

    Embarrassment #9052 from the Romney camp. So no this will not affect the election. We as a nation should be mourning the deaths not trying to win an election. And that number I listed – it's quite possibly waaaaay low.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  85. Matt

    The meltdown in Middle East won’t affect the U.S. presidential election. For one reason: most of average American lacks a clear understanding of who are the Islamists, and what they really want. I am saying this because I came from that part of the world. Jack, when the average American start to learn more about Islamists you will see the big change in race to white house and there will be no hesitation. Mark my word Jack

    September 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  86. Gay Hollingshead

    Lets all remember that 4 men died through no fault of their own. It is time to show some sympathy and quit turning every event into who wins the election. After all we are Americans first!!!!

    September 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  87. consumervoiceofreason

    The "Arab Spring" that Obama touted for the last couple of years is finally materializing – into an anti-US movement. The obvious snub of our friend Israel, coupled with Obama's lack of understanding of foreign policy, has placed the world – and the US – in a very dangerous place. The middle east respects strength, not apologies like what his administration issued through the Cairo embassy. He is either incompetent or doesn't care what happens to the US and our standing in the world. Either way, we need a new Commander in Chief!

    September 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  88. Vivian

    It won't. Mitt Romney did jump the gun on this one. Which makes him look like he is just searching for something to jab at the president with. He seems pretty green when it comes to foreign policy.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  89. Will Walk - Spring, TX

    Let's see Jack. Obama likes to brag about Bin Laden being dead but Americans are still getting killed in Afganistan. Now he will just utter threats that he will do nothing about. Do you think he will do anything meaningful in an election year? He has to go and yes it should cost him the election.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  90. PJ

    I feel a lot safer with Obama at the Helm as opposed to Romney who seems anxious to have a war with Iran, Syria and now Libyia. The only exclusion Romney has is for any of his five SONS to do active duty.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  91. DDSESQ

    Yes – it will affect the election. But not in the way it would have if Mitt had kept his mouth shut. His misguided (and factually inaccurate) attack will now have more fallout than anything that would affect Obama. He has shown a complete blindness for any sort of insight on how to handle foreign policy. Obama's comment that Mitt tends to "shoot first and aim later" is right on point. Attacking the president by attributing to him a quote made by an emabassy working prior to the attacks and then claiming his first response was to sypathize with the attackers – and doing it on 9/11 – will really haunt him. His twisted attempts to now extracate himself from what he said are just making him look laughable. Not even republicans are coming to his defense (except Rush).

    September 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  92. Burbank

    It won't. November is 2 months away and voters are not known for long memories.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  93. Ron WPAFB

    Of course Romney jumped on this and made another ignorant statement! This is life in the Middle East! It's dangerous and uncontrolled by any sense we have. There is no loyalty but to the man holding a gun to your families head at the moment! What ever he says, you do. Egypt and Libya have no governments stable enough to protect the Consulates! We can't not be there and the Men and the Women of the State Department risk their lives daily in Embassy duties! We are not perfect in any sense of the word, but we try and we don't give up. We will mourn, learn and move on ! Romney, what a putz!

    September 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  94. Jim Cuthbert Concord NH

    Your refererence to Bush in Iraq is a smokescreen. Bush took out regimes who killed women and minorities. Obama has replaced stabile regimes that opffered some level of protection to both. It's not physically possible for Mitt Romney to criticize the president's total ineptness too strongly.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  95. Nikkie from Texas

    I think if nothing else is just proves the Romney is not prepared to be president. His statements were truely insenstive. Hopefully for the sake of us all he doesnt win this election. If so I am moving to Canada.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  96. Meredith

    It all depends on how Obama responds – actions speak louder than words. Hurt feelings are NOT an excuse for violence – ever. We must show our strength and let the perpetrators know that the US will seek justice for those killed in the attacks yesterday – Obama should unequivocally state that we are seeking justice. Otherwise, he (and our country) looks weak.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  97. Larry from the Black Hills of SD

    Only to the extent that it gives Romney the opportunity to showcase his complete ineptitude toward foreign policy. And he seems to be taking full advantage.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  98. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Mitt thinks it will help. Obama is ashamed of Mitt for thinking that.

    So are the rest of us.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  99. Meredith

    Romney's response was not political – the Embassy's reaction in Cairo was absurd. The President should have immediately withdrawn that comment and made it clear that it does not reflect the position of the White House. Perpetrators of this deadly attack should be punished.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  100. Supporter

    I support our President no matter what he does, He didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing

    September 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  101. Hillcrester

    A minimal impact at most, hurting Romney by reminding voters of his negligible foreign affairs knowledge and taking his economic message off the front pages for a while.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  102. Margot in Washington

    Romney can stand in front of a giant wall of American flags...what he did today was not what PRESIDENTS do. This is the business of continuing to keep our people over there SAFE. His mouth flapping may have made that more difficult. His inability to realize how sensitive things are right now tells me his ambition is much bigger than his brain......What possessed this man to do something so incredibly stupid? All about politics-he cannot lead a pack of dogs much less this nation.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  103. Roxey Florida

    Does anybody have an empty chair?

    September 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  104. Tim in San Diego

    I sure hope it does affect it Jack by bringing the recent changes of power in the Middle East to the forefront for discussion. These changes are going to have a profound effect on Western interests in the future. The entire region has been dominated by dictators for decades and is just now deciding how to use their new found freedom. I hope and pray it hasn't already been decided it will be used for evil like the murder of our Ambassador.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  105. ryche

    These 4 deaths are soley on president obamas hands.. He and hillary endorsed the uprising.. he was the one encouraging these people to rise up against their leaders... now they are out of hand.. and our current president has no answer.. he is weak and he cannot dodge this one... he has killed 4 americans... you can spin it any way you like, but if this was Bush, all the liberals would be blaming him, so turnabout is fair play... obama should be tried for murder..

    September 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  106. Mark.......in Houston

    First, to call these events a meltdown is a bit far fetched. Let's see what happens over time before making calls of "all is lost" as a result of angry mob violence.

    How these incidents effect the outcome of the election depends on whether you think any candidate seeking Presidential office is correct in using the death of American citizens for political gain, and at the same time suggesting he supports any type of radical, hate filled, inflammatory rhetoric, via the print media, radio or video under the guise of freedom of speech. If that is the case for Romney, then he probably takes no offence against a national radio talk show host calling a young female college student a slut.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  107. Ricardo from Tallahassee, FL

    The thing missing from ALMOST ALL of these articles is the timeline. The Cairo embassy's statements were made 6 hours BEFORE the attack in response to the offensive movie (and were released before there was even any protesting in the embassy in Libya). The president's response was ALSO made before the attacks.

    On top of this, Romney camp has come out with a statement saying that they AGREE with the Cairo embassy's stance on the offensive movie in question (even though just yesterday, they were criticizing it as an "apology" on the president's part).

    So basically, we have Romney purposefully jumbling up the timeline to make it appear that the Cairo embassy's statement (which he now AGREES with) was a response to the attack when IT WASN'T (it was a response to the offensive movie BEFORE the attack).

    The sooner the biased conservative media reports the timeline of all this, the sooner people will dismiss Romney's statements as incredibly insensitive, ill-timed, and devoid of any facts and the sooner it will make him look less presidential.

    At best (for Romney), this will affect him neutrally and at worst, it will hurt him.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  108. rosie

    No one outside of America cares who our President is or will be. Get that straight. We are NOT that important.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  109. Nan, Nevada

    Chaos and violence in the Middle East are the norm. This attack gave Romney another opportunity to display his ignorance and naivete on international affairs and foreign policy, which he did very promptly. IN that respect, this event may affect the election. The public sees further proof of Romney's inability to do anything right – even make a sensible comment!

    September 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  110. CaptD

    It shouldn't matter! Did the Marine barrack bombing in Lebanon affect President Reagan? The Middle East is one of those areas we can't control, and violence caused by idots here at home is disgraceful.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  111. Art

    It's time that the American electorate become more discerning. There are those that would never vote for the President, so issues don't matter. Additionally, Romney crtiques every single thing this President does, yet he will not give any specifics on anything. When asked questions that makes him uncomfortable, he always goes back to the economy. He has said Russia is our biggest threat, he didn't acknowledge soldiers in theater at his convention and both he and Ryan play it extremely loose on facts, in other words, they lie. Our policies with Libya won't change, nor with Egypt. If you want to talk about protests and dissent, you should have been in Chicago during the NATO summit.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  112. Mary Bonau

    The economy is a mess and our foreign policy is a mess. We have an incompitent ideologue for President that is on the perpetuual campign trail dividing the American people and causing a visceral divide in this country. The worst thing is that we have a media that is behind his re-election and does not report the news. So will this Middle East debacle impact the election? It should but the media will continue to suppress the true story and continue to follow the lead of the White House to bash Romney. By the way, A "leader doesn NOT lead from behind or continuously blame others for their failures. I'm just totally disgusted by this administration, their supporters, and the biased media.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  113. RM

    Yes... Americans are starting to understand that this President has to go. His policies are failures... Both domestic and abroad. He celebrated the Arab Spring... Look what that has given us. The economy is in the dumper and getting worse by the day. Our nation cannot sustain another 4 years of this failed president. He must be defeated in November!

    September 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  114. Boo - NYC

    I don't care about the mid-east. I care about the USA. I am tired of the warmongerers on the right that want to send our young men and women to fight wars for them under the guise of democracy. It's not about democracy. IT'S ABOUT MONEY! It's apparent we have learned NOTHING from the Vietnam War. Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  115. Dan from Statesboro GA

    The primary instigating factors in the Middle East meltdown were the two wars initiated under Bush administration. My understanding of the current situation is that the apology for the offending video was issued by the embassy (not Obama) hours BEFORE the attack occurred. Tying this situation to Obama is a falsehood that even Republicans should be ashamed of.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  116. Bill in VA

    It depends of what those who vote find important. We already know the US electorate isn't afraid to elect a person totally clueless about foreign policy – did that in 2008 (and only if it were foreign policy he was totally clueless about). If it is the economy that is primarily on their minds, it will little or no effect.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  117. Gail, Plano TX.

    Mitt Romney has opened his mouth and inserted his other foot, again! He is a buffoon! But he does serve a purpose inasmuch as he makes the President look irrrestible!

    September 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  118. GetUpAndGo

    Funny how if the same question was asked on Fox News the answers would be the opposite. Who cares as whoever wins we are doomed. Is the devil known better than the devil not known? That is the question....

    September 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  119. Raymond Atlanta Ga

    President Obama I whether have you as chief and command because you kept our country safe.
    Romney I dont trust you because you want everybody to be mad at america.
    I use to be a republican but truely going to vote for Obama.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  120. justplainkaren101

    It will. What many people are ignoring are the statements from the Cairo US embassy, followed by the statements from the State department, apologizing for the movie, thus deteriorating Americans' free speech, statement which could have fed the furor for the violence that killed Ambassador Stevens. (Newsflash: Pandoring to bullies doesn't tamp them down; it strengthens them.) People are tired of tiptoeing around other peoples' feelings, and no matter how many times he shouts "I killed Osama!", people know Obama doesn't have the knowledge or the courage to guide the US safely through Middle East diplomacy.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  121. Liz. Florida

    I think it's made Romney look like a foreign policy novice & Obama more presidential.

    September 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  122. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    Anything and everything that happens during a presidential election season can affect the election. Any bad news can be used by the opposition to blame the administration. But how the oppostion defends their argument could affect them as well. So far they have not been able to criticize the administration in a smart way that an educated voter would buy. If their goal is to target average thinkers, they are failing there too.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  123. Greg Rockford, IL

    According to Romney, the greatest threat the U.S. is Russia, so he should concentrate on that instead of the Middle East. As for the Republican's "appeasement" argument, this again proves how Republicans love to campaign on buzzwords instead of reality. I don't recall Obama "appeasing" Gadafi or Mubarek, he was in favor of them being removed from power.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  124. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    It further assures the presidents re-election. Romney hasn't demonstrated himself to be at an international level.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  125. PatM

    Romney has stooped to a new low! Trying to use the 4 American diplomat's death as fuel for his political machine is beyond the pale! Romney needs to shut up and let the adults, the President and others in his circle, deal with this tragedy. He too often shoots off his mouth without all the facts and then truly shows he's not ready to lead our nation.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  126. Alan Johnson

    If Romney's statement will have any effect, it may remind some people that he does not have the what it takes to be president. Otherwise, I doubt there will be much effect at all. The election is two months away. This incident will be long off the news cycle by then.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  127. Mike from Ohio

    I don't think the attacks themselves will affect the election – I do believe Romney's false and completely abhorrent political attack against the President and the Embassy while the violence was taking place before he had any information will affect the election. Many people already had doubts about the GOP's ticket's foreign policy credentials. Romney's ill-timed and horribly toned message is well beyond the water's edge and during a national crisis. He crossed the line and then he doubled down.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  128. Cody (D.C.)

    The purposeful effort by the Whitehouse to make sure that we all know that "Libyans carried the ambassador to the hospital" and "Libyans helped fight off the attackers" shows that the Obama administration is more fearful of offending already-impotent regimes than of protecting its own people. There is no excuse for allowing an attack on an American ambassador. None. This is a catastrophic failure of the Obama administration and the Romney campaign is right to bring it up.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  129. Pmangr

    Romney couldn't even decide when to release his blast against Obama. First wait until midnight so not to do it on 9/11, then release at 10PM before even the families of the killed were notified! Boy, what a piece of work. I can just picture Mitt jumping up and down with joy at an opportunity to blast Obama, cheering the fact that Americans were killed.

    What a fool, Romney is showing himself to be. He's totally out of touch with the middle class, and just as out of touch on the world stage. What does he think we should do? Send in the Marines? Bomb Libya? The first thing to do is not to put whoever is left over there in more danger than they already are! Calling names, puffing chests and making threats is just going to get more people hurt or killed.

    Romney needs to etch-a-sketch his current position!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  130. Carol

    Since President Obama took credit for the killing of Osama Ben Ladin, I think he should be responsible for this. Of course he will probably blame Bush. No his people will still blindly follow and those who don.t like him will blame him. It is a wash

    September 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  131. jnpa

    A presidential candidate can make a rather stupid comment concerning the economy or immigration, but NOT foreign policy. Romney jumped the gun and criticized the President of the United States in a very serious situation. He should have kept his mouth shut instead of trying to make political points. Instead of looking like someone who knows foreign policy, he looks like a total fool! I think a lot of independents may just feel Romney is not ready for the White House.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  132. Jasmine in Germany

    I have something in common with Sen. John Kerry. I call Romney's remarks irresponsible, inexperienced and reckless. I say Romney was wrong to weigh in before all the facts are known. And, it is inappropriate for him to comment at all until the President or Secretary of State has spoken.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  133. Robert

    Jack

    He jumped the gun on this...but he & them are playing politics with this just like the economy. They blocked any legislation to make the economy better and then say the President didnt do enough. The Republican party is a total waste. Nothing but cowards, racists and fanatics who turn yellow when they are in trouble and hide behind the bible.

    pathetic

    September 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  134. Mary

    The American public is extremely educated and can't be brain washed by the extreme right to elect a dum Romney for president of this Great Country of ours. Even Muslims who live here bellieve that this is a Great Country. Why would they come here and benefit from our democracy if they liked their country's leaders.
    Mitt Romney lives in a world by himself. If he can't lead in this country, how will we trust him to be the leader of the world? Keep Romney BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and save us the embarassment of his ignorance in foreign policy. We are RELECTING President OBAMA. He is the true Christian, not Romney........

    September 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  135. John

    It'll affect the election. Mitt has already opened mouth and inserted foot. He's good at that.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  136. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Gov Romney was totally off-the-mark with his comments concerning the attack on our embassy in Libya. I have always had great concern about his foreign policy abilities and his behavior has shown my concerns were valid. We do not need another Republican war in the Middle East. President Obama exhibits clear thinking in situations like this and is not prone to making critical mistakes. Under the President's leadership, we are extracting ourselves from situations in the Middle East where we should have never been in the first place execpt for the incompetence of Bush and Cheney. For the safety of our country and our military, we must not elect another Republican. Prsident Obama in 2012.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  137. Sandi-az

    Yes.....It made Romney lool like the dish rag he is. Remember there are 2 other candidate on most of the state ballots. One is a libertarian the other is a neoconservative. With the dish rag's uninformed comments he made many in his party wonder if he is up for the job. Maybe if they vote for one of the other tow running, they won't have to betray their values, and won't have to vote for Obama, but won't have to give their vote to the dih rag.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  138. Joe

    romney blamed America and should apologize.

    Now.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  139. joe smith

    yes, if the $20 milliom scheduled to be sent to Egypt goes through..then all hell will be paid at the polls..moreover, the aid package for Lybia is also due to be voted upon..should these two aid packages somehow make it through..it's lights out for the democrats..

    September 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  140. Susan from Ca

    I stand with my man in the white house. Being slow and steady with words and actions beats the shoot from the hip Romney
    dog and pony show any day.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  141. Cathy

    Jack,I agree with the president.If Romney's ad lib feigned anger sets off another attack,who will he blame then? Get this clown back where he belongs, in a wind up box!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  142. Ray

    On 9/11 the country fell behind their President in near full support. That was 2001. On 9/11/2012, Mitt Romney attacked the President and the State Department before he knew anything for sure. This is not the behavior of someone who has the maturity to be my President.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  143. Jane - WI

    This meltdown just shows what little effect Barack Obama being President has had on the Middle East. Despite his apology tour early on, and the claim that the world was going to love us once he took over, it just hasn't turned out that way. We are still hated, and he has distanced us from some of our friends to boot.
    I am curious why there is such a limited security presence at these embassys, especially on 9/11? Did we have any sort of intelligence about these protests ahead of time? Does the fact that our current President has missed half of his daily intelligence briefings over the course of his Presidency feed into this at all?

    September 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  144. Randy

    The Libyans are blasting O stronger than Romney did–saying how irresponsible the protections were for Americans at the embassy, how there were many warnings of security incompetence. Unfortunately, the special interests in this country don't give a whit about Americans killed anywhere–they're body-stacking in Afghanistan and O's polls are still good. So no, sadly it won't affect the election.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  145. Obama Is Carter II

    Muslim fanatics overthrowing their governments with the support of our Chamberlain-esque appeaser in the White House; fanatics who then turn around and attack our embassies.

    It's like 1979 all over again, between this and the high gas prices and the high unemployment.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  146. Guy - Texas

    Not much unless it bleeds / hemorhages more cash from Americans to "help' many who hate America as the 'Infidel'. Mr. Romney would have been criticized for saying nothing and now is criticized for talking too soon. When does the executive branch take responsibility for it's employees that report to Sec. Clinton! ??????

    September 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  147. Matt

    Unless the nukes fly, or the oil is embargoed, it won't Jack. If there's one thing that Romney has in common with most Americans, it's knowing and understanding nothing about foreign policy.
    Matt
    Saint Augustine, FL

    September 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  148. Charlie in Alexandria, VA

    It sounds like Romney took two Ambien and then went to work. This seems to be in vogue.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  149. steve

    The President should have taken his own advise. Reports now confirm that the file had nothing to do with the attacks. It was an organized assault based on the drone killings.

    So, I will back Romney 110%. Since I live in Texas, I'm going to try to get to Florida and help those that do not have the time or will to fact check.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  150. Clare

    It's going to show that Mitt Romney is not ready for the White House. Instead of trying for political points, he should have been quite and waited a few days before opening his big mouth.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  151. Kelly

    Anyone that was considering voting for Romney should take pause to his comments last night and today. The fact is that Romney jumped on the President BEFORE the attacks happened as the statement by the Cairo State Dept. was BEFORE the attack happened. He doesn't have the wherewithall to think things through before reacting and he's already made an idiot of himself with his foriegn tour a few months ago. I wouldn't trust Romney before this Libya tragedy, but I especially wouldn't trust him now. Very UnPresidential.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  152. Lee Williams, Lecanto, Florida

    Jack, lets hope it's effect will allow us to keep President Obama and VP Biden. We do not need neo-cons, ready to shoot first and aim later, as our President said. We need, cool, calm and collected. Do we need another Irag or Afghanastin. Mitt Romney has all but committed to a war with Iran at the request of Benjamin Netanyahu. I'm war weary and pray America stays sane.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  153. Kay

    Romney continues to demonstrate incredible ignorance with respect to international relations. Hard nosed business attitudes don't fit in the delicate balance of foreign policy. Commander in Chief? I don't think so!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  154. MGS

    Will help Obama. Mirt can't get any facts straight. How can we rely on his judgment?

    September 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  155. Jerry

    Jack, I don't know much about foreign policy but I've been married more than 20 years and I can tell you that without apologies it wouldn't have been possible.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  156. Name*Lisa

    Nobody know know yet till the fat lady sing o glory like mitt Rommeny.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  157. Dan Dinello

    Romney's false accusation of the President as apologizing for America and sympathizing with the killers of Amb Stevens discredits his campaign, shows his inexperience, and can only help Obama get reelected.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  158. David

    The moment that Senator McCain announced that he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate was the end of the 2008 election for him. These reckless and hasty remarks from Governor Romney are the end of the 2012 election for him.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  159. Rich from PA

    Everything that comes out of Romney's mouth is soley to bash the President. There is no logic expressed, just politics. Diplomacy in a very fragmented world means keeping one's mouth shut until you understand the downstream effects of what you say. Romney lacks those instincts. He's reactive, not reflexive.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  160. Matthew from New Orleans, LA

    This may have a marginal affect on the few truly independent voters who have yet to make up their minds, but the only affect this really has is that it makes Romney supporters, the majority of whom are voting AGAINST Obama rather than FOR Romney, even less excited about their candidate than they already are. This election is about the economy, and frankly, you'll be hard pressed to find an independent voter who's excited about either choice.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  161. pkfops

    The Romney campaign is falling apart as we speak.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  162. Vince Hugh

    Obama has virtually destroyed almost all our respectability in the Middle East. Many of our former allies, like Egypt, are showing their lack of respect of Obama resulting in such things as attacks on our embassies. Even Israel and Saudi Arabia are distrustful of Obama...and Iran continues to develop nuclear threats. Obama is very weak on foreign policy as he is on our economy at home. Not good. Vince Hugh Cumming, Ga

    September 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  163. Nick

    It just proves what is already known. Romney has no foreign policy experience and would fail miserably on the international stage! A true amateur..

    September 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  164. Linda in Arizona

    I'm so sick of seeing everything that happens on this earth run through the prism of this endless election, but it's undeniable that Romney couldn't WAIT to politicize the attacks, not even long enough to be certain the families of the dead had been notified. Anyone who thinks this pathetic puppet would make a decent president has to be out of their mind.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  165. Bill Butcher, Atlanta GA

    Mitt Rob-me's comments are totally unwarranted! How base & disgusting to turn a horrific event against the US into a political statement and simply reckless attack on our President!
    Shame! Shame!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  166. Jon Broadview Il

    Just wait for the other shoe to drop, it's only a matter of time before your reporting a "DRONE STRIKE"! Mr. Romney need to understand that you don't make statements without all the facts, cheap sound bits only proves he is not READY TO BE PREISDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

    September 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  167. lou

    Republicans look for reasons to start wars. Democrats look for reasons to stay out of wars. Chest pumping and threats that could escalate into real confrontations with other countries aren't going to win any elections right now. Americans, and especially women, are tired of wars.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  168. Porter in Atlanta

    "Every fighter has a plan until he gets hit"
    Obama has just been punched in the face.
    Now we will see how he handles a forgien policy of which he's not in full control of.

    This is not about Romney – it about how current administration handles the situation.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  169. Alex

    All this event has done is give Obama extra ammo to use against Romney. Romney made himself look foolish and unpresidential and that's the message that's going to come out of this (much as McCain's blunder when he suspended his campaign due to the economic crisis gave him a black eye). I don't think either will win the election based on this event; people have such short memories they'll forget this event ever happened by this time next week.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  170. Seth Silverton

    The reason people don't trust what Mit Romney says, aside from his tendency to take the exact opposite position depending on the way the wind blows, is that it is impossible to believe that his statement today would have anything to do with the way he would govern. It is obviously designed to score points but the tone deaf method of it's delivery leaves us wondering how smart these guys actually are...

    September 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  171. Stanley Bozarth

    This situation proves Romney, the draft dodger, is nothing more than a wild-eyed chicken hawk. Like everything else, he's critical but has no answers.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  172. dharmateachingsincolorado

    Karen, Denver
    Mitt Romney really goofed. He's trying to gain political points in a tragic situation and is knowingly misrepresenting the President's reaction. The chronology doesn't support his claims and it just reinforces his amateurism. Side note: I still would like to know what he's hiding in his taxes, we have the right to know, it's only fair.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  173. ldwill

    We finally know how Romney will create jobs. Looks like he wants to foment another full scale mid-east war which will justify a larger military

    September 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  174. Carlos Republican from Miami

    Even as a Republican , my advise is the best thing Mitt Romney can do is "shut up" about this situation. To blatantly attempt to politisize this tragedy is disgusting and abhorrent. We, Americans, should condem in unisom these attacts as the President has. We should also hold Mitt Romney accountable for his irresponsible remarks!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  175. Ron

    President Obama has apologized to muslims since he has been in office. He started by apologizing for our response on 9/11 and has continued thru the arab spring. This is no different his ambassador has apologized again for free speech. He has not recalled her, disciplined her but has simply said she didnt clear it with us first. Not that she was wrong. He will not get my vote.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  176. John

    It should,because It show that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have no Clue about Foreign Policy what so ever. All Mitt Romney Is how to Complain about President Obama, he all most sound a little like Saran Palin. I till have heard one Idea of his and the only that i heard at all was he was going back to the BUSH politic. And we all know how that turn out, and beside that i till don't think the man can be Trusted. He Isn't showing more tax return for a reason and I think he hiding something.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  177. Brian

    Hmm I guess this depends on what happens, but I know that based on listening to Romney, Clinton and Obama it was clear that Romney was the only person that wasn't reading from que cards. Obama parroted Clinton and they both refused to take a question from the media. In my opinion Romney was the only person that looked and sounded Presidential. Obama seemed like he was a bit lost in the situation and unsure what to do or say next.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  178. Todd G

    Mr. Romney has once again opened his mouth before engaging his brain. He is like that person you knew in high school who said whatever he thought the group he wanted to be a part of wanted to hear.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  179. Nancy Beaver

    Romney is far from presidential material. This is proof. He needs to keep his stupid mouth closed. He is running for President – he is NOT THE PRESIDENT. Until elected keep silent Mr. Romney!!!!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  180. Beryl, Columbus, Ohio

    Looking at the responses from Republican candidate Romney and President Obama, it's a no brainer. President Obama is better at handling foreign policy. Romney points that out every time he opens his mouth without thinking.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  181. Paul in Seattle

    Let's be realistic Jack, How has any US Presidential election affected the Middle East for the last 236 years? Every Culture
    is its own center of influence.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  182. Steve

    Well Jack, With the GOP and Mitt Romney, There's alway's another war

    September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  183. bruce fultz rochester hills mi

    jack,
    if your going to use john kerry to criticize romney. maybe you could do some homework on kerry's past criticism of bush while he was president. when 7 servicemen died in iraq? stop being a lap dog, romney was right for his condemnation of obama's apology by the embassy. you media lap dog's have no shame!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  184. Vittorio

    It would be nice if just because events at home are bad that Foreign policy will not be that important. Those days are long gone. Don't let the Republicans fool you just for a vote. World events care nothing about America not wanting to play what ever happens in the Middle East or the world in fact will force us to be involved. When that time comes, you don't want a leader that talks with his foot in his mouth.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  185. Emma in Baltimore

    Romney is way too shortsighted to be president. His political strikes make us look weak – like we can't make a united stance in the face of foreign opposition. If he can't put aside politics and stand with the nation as a we are being attacked, how in the world can we ever expect him to be capable of uniting the people in general. Divisiveness seems to be his mode of operation.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  186. Amused

    I don't think that this will be a big deal to anyone but the Romney campaign, in regards to the election. I don't see this as a change in the game for Romney, but rather another nail in the coffin. His chances of winning are now hovering at 20% or less.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  187. Jerry

    I find the attacts on the US embassys and killings of four Americans including the Ambasidor an act of war against the United States. We should cut off all AID to these countrys until their goverments can prove to us by finding and punishing the attackers that they deserve our aid. How can we give aid to any government when they kill us anytime they wish. Obama only wants to appolize as if we caused it. Like saying a gun kills people, when in fact people kill people. And for what over Religious beliefs, Don't think anyones God or Higher power would approve of that.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  188. ldwill

    Looks like we now know Romney's plan for creating jobs. If he can foment another full scale mid-east conflict, he can justify a larger military.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  189. Adolfo Muniz

    While it is true that Mitt Romney hastily criticized the Obama administration for its perceived weakness and tepidness in the face of a fragrant attack on the US. Two factors make it very influential. One, the campaign; and two, the gravity of the attack. Of course that he will try to capitalize on his opponent's errors but the issue at hand goes beyond the inmediate electoral gain. This attack demands a decisive response, and not an attitude of caution when quite obviously the fist has landed on our face. President Obama has done again that of which his detractors accuse him mostly: An apparent desire of weakening America's international influence.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  190. Keith

    This preplanned terrorist act in Libya and it's successful execution has already exposed President Obama's inherent weakness in his policy regarding Muslim extremists. His teleprompter response is telling, especially when compared to the passionate and resolute statements by Secretary Clinton and Governor Romney. He is the captain of a team that he doesn't believe in, and these events in he Middle East only prove to expose the President's true beliefs. I hope American's realize this and vote for a team captain who believes in them on November 6th.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  191. E C

    Our President is a nice guy who understands that violence does not solve these kinds of problems. As americans do we always have to revert to war. Are we not tired of getting our children, husbands, etc back in body bags. Everyone knows that we have BIG GUNS. But that is why we are one the steps of financial ruin now. Stop "demanding respect" from other countries, and start loving the Citizens here in the United States, and then our actions will then "Command others" to respect us. This incident was provoked by something that someone did, but God will get the glory from it.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  192. Nick D. Neighbour

    Think of them what you will (you know. Super-Rich & Priviledged "Uber Alles") if the Republicans were in Power (A-LA rEAGAN) THE fANATICAL iSLAMISTS Wouldn't DARE to attrack our Embacies!!
    Who does this favor?
    Romney. UN-Fortunately!
    Nick. N.
    Pasadena.
    CA.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  193. George

    They will look back on this moment as the point where things began to fall apart for Mitt Romney.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  194. J. Nelson

    For those of us who oppose starting wars as a means of "job creation" this so called "melt down" won't change our election decisions one bit. Clinton signed NAFTA, then King George II signed CAFTA. All our jobs or most of them were outsourced. And King George II (the name has been changed to protect the guilty) even said that he "couldn't believe we had an ALL volunteer army". I watched on the evening news all during the Iraqi conflict as they silently displayed the names and ages of those who were killed in Iraq every day. It made me sick, literally. Approximately 1 deceased service man or woman in 10 was close to 40 yrs old. The rest were all 18 to 26. WHAT has our country gained either politically, economically, or socially for the lives of those young people??? Don't even get me started on the dollar costs. Those same people who trumped up excuses to start that war, will stop at absolutely NOTHING for their own monetary gain. It's been proven they have no conscience. I'd have to be insane to vote their way...ever.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  195. Ralph

    Each of these events add to the total opinion of thinking people. It seems few are thinking people but they do exist. The situation is very complicated and that means there is not a lot of black and white. Some things are known and that is the world is a better place without Gadafhi but that does mean all will now be well. Gadahfi is goe and it took few US troops that is good. So why attack Obama for this? It would be like blaming Busg for 911.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  196. Chris

    Jack what this sad event reminds us is that the world needs a steady and mindful hand and President Obama has that hand. Gov. Romey's miscue yesterday and defiance today demonstrates his inability to navigate global political waters. Lets stay the course and we will get through this transitision in the Middle East and in the US.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  197. JC in PA

    The United States was attacked three times in this sad event. Once in Egypt and Libya and then by Mitt Romney. I watched President Obama and Romney's remarks. I saw a President of the United States and I saw politician trying to use a tragic event for political gain.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  198. Bill in Spring Hill

    I suggest that in light of Romney's quick mouth, that he go ahead and release his concession speech and save us the agony of the next two months. No apologies please.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  199. Ed from Colorado

    Romney continues to show adeptness at getting both feet in his mouth–shoot his mouth off before his brain is engaged. He has no business getting involved in the difficult balance of diplomacy, when he has no direct knowledge of the behind the scenes activities. The President has condemned this action in Lybia, and has assured us that the killers will be prosecuted. This is the President who has descimated Bin Laden and associates.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  200. Bob from New York

    If Mitt wants to dip his toes into international waters he needs to be much more careful. If he's on the money it could help him, but wrong like today will be a god sent to Mr. Obama! A few more gaffes like this will make Mitt look like a Nit-wit!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  201. Derrell, California

    The events that occured yesterday should not be an election topic.My thoughts and prayers to the families. Romneys ill advised comments on the other hand are and will be. He seems to be very desperate and willing to try anything to get into the White House. He hasn't given me any reason to consider voting for him and this solidifies my concerns. We had to put up with the village idiot from Texas for eight years, I hope and pray we are not stuck with this one in the future.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  202. Corinna

    It should. America is not an island and a solid foreign policy is key to our future. Any President and his camp who wants to shoot his mouth first and find out what actually happened later is not worth my vote.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  203. Ron

    It seems politics can only be played by Democrat's during bad times. During Abu Graib (or however you spell it) there was a lot of "pouring gasoline on the fire" by the Dems when they thought it was to their advantage. Durban, Kerry, giving speaches on the Senate floor. No Democrat seemed to beleive it was not the right time to do it. I can also cite numerous other cases when Dem's took Bush to task for Iraq policies that went wrong and accused American serviceman of being murderer's and thugs. . But then again, it is ok for Dem's to do this. When a Republican does this they are insensitive and not acting as a statesman.

    Let's face it, the President's policies of assisting in the overthrowing of Mubarak, Khadaffi and others – no matter how bad they were – have led to an even more destablized Middle East that is now being turned over to the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Queida, and the like. What a great deal this "Arab Spring" has turned out to be. This has been an integral part of Obama's foreign ploicy. It deserves criticism during an election campaign. He made his bed. no let him lie in it.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  204. Russell Long

    Mitt Romney gave a politically charged speech about the death of Americans before the fires had died down, and the families of the victims had been notified. He called the statement of the state department a disgrace, even though that statement was issued prior to the attacks. He knows nothing of foreign policy and does not deserve the nomination the republican party gave him. Embarrassing to the United States overall, even more so now that we've given the shady businessman a microphone.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  205. Daniel from Chicago

    An increase of news coverage of foreign affairs can only help Obama whose poll numbers show the overwhelming majority of Americans view him as having a better grip on foreign policy than Mitt Romney. As more of the news cycle is dedicated to foreign issues I predict a situation analogous to the 2004 election where George Bush won because of his supposed "strength" in foreign policy. Romney's foreign policy is based on the failed ideology of absolute American exceptionalism that causes the very problems it attempts to fix.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  206. Marc

    Romney's inept bull-in-a-china-shop reaction to the unfortunate events in Libya is a pivotal point in ths election. Barring some unforeseen future developments the campaign ended today. Romney's haste to establish credibility in foreign affairs has sealed his defeat.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  207. Joseph Hunter, Chicago, IL

    Easy, the U.S. Presidential Elections has shifted from our worries about the economy to how affective our commander-in-chiefs can quickly analyze the situations that are erupting in our world.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  208. bettina from Texas

    Romney should not even be commenting on foreign policy. He has no experience on how to handle a crisis and I shudder to think how he would react if he (heaven forbid) were president!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  209. Guenter

    Jack, it will further separate the men from the boys. Opportunistic comments from Mitt Romney will be weighed against the statesmanship and actions of President Obama on foreign issues. Let's the "game" continue!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  210. Mary Lewis

    I couldn't believe my ears, when I heard Mitt begin to blame Obama for a statement that the embassy had prepared and distributed yesterday. His ability to be a "day late and a dollar short" proves to me that he is not "presidential material." Let's hope the rest of America wakes up and actually sees that the Romney/Ryan ticket will be disasterous for us all – forget about future generations, there won't be any to have to worry about.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  211. Sonya - Atlanta

    Kudos to Obama for continuing to focus on the events in Libya in light of the comments by Romney. Romney should have been concerned with Libya yet used his statement to for political gain. Romney could take a few lessons from Obama in maintaining his cool and focusing on the issues at hand. I certainly would not want him in charge of our foreign affairs.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  212. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Mr Romney's response was, as usual, tactless and undiplomatic. It is quite proper for a US envoy to apologize to offended Muslims for the scurrilous video. It is clear that no regular or official elements of either Egyptian or Libyan government approved, encouraged, or assisted in either the mob attack in Egypt or the rocket attack in Benghazi. The Libyan authorities engaged the attackers, and promise to hunt them down and bring them to justice. Mr Obama has said little so far, because little is known for certain thus far. Romney supporters like undiplomatic bluster, but the majority of the electorate already favors Mr Obama's more careful, reasoned approach. One cannot accuse an administration of weakness when it has killed over 200 enemies with direct attacks under direct Presidential orders. The perpetrators of these attacks are likely to turn out to be our usual enemies – Al Qaeda and its sympathizers. While killing four diplomats is a little much, this is not the first Al Qaeda attack on US diplomats, and as long as there is an Al Qaeda, there are going to be others. If anything, these events will likely strengthen the public view of Obama as stronger on foreign policy and defense than Romney. If the perpetrators are killed before the election, so much the better for Mr Obama.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  213. natalie

    The only factor that would shape this election at his point is: gasoline prices. That definitely makes people mad. Meanwhile the GOP continues to do "the mess around"

    September 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  214. Dayle, Colorado Springs, CO

    Guests on CNN continue to be allowed to say that there is no evidence of this administration apologizing for America, yet anyone listening has heard these apologies since before Obama was elected up to this week. These apologies show weakness to those who would attack us and lead to situations like we see today. CNN is allowing the President to say they did not approve this latest message. Are you kidding? Messages like this come from his policies and approaches. This is his administration! Don't let him off the hook so easy on this! Think about it. That answer is not acceptable. America better wake up! Our Presidents foreign policy is weak and those who support Israel better open their eyes! His economic policy is destroying America. The debt and job lost will bring us down from within.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  215. Randy

    This situation clearly shows the difference between Obama and Romney. from what Romney has said so far, we would have Boots on the ground already, a Naval Battle group would be steaming towards Libya and the Air Force would be pounding Libya. It would become another Iraq! Does the USA truly need yet another foreign war? With all the talk about not spending more, how could Mitt ever justify these costs?

    September 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  216. Neha

    The latest events in the middle east today re-affirmed Mitt's arrogance and immaturity. He needed to say something to show that he actually knows something on foreign policy, but his response makes me think that he might have been wiser to have kept quiet. Mitt, if Koch brothers or Karl Rove want to dictate what happens in USA, then tell them to run for presidency; it would be nice to know what YOU really think, lest these ignorant responses do actually come from you.

    About the killing of our ambassador, I hope the folks in the middle east realize that wanting help from the US without understanding or respecting us wont work. You cant get up in arms each time any nation or culture or religion gets criticized. There will always be those who may not like your way of doing things but that does not justify this brutality. In our society some say things that the rest of us don't agree with, but we don't stifle people just because they make us uncomfortable. You might want to learn that allowing all expression is a big part of becoming a democracy, something you say you are trying to achieve.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  217. Vittorio San Jose

    Romney's is overly arrogant in thinking that his no compromising on the world stage will get him votes. If voted in he will drag us all deeper into what we think we can avoid... world politics. World events will not die down because we are having trouble here at home. When that time comes, you want a leader that knows what's going on. Not Romney.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  218. windguyxx

    If I were a Republican .. I'd be ashamed/embarrassed/angry about the poor quality of their last 4 presidential candidates. They seem to only get shallower and more self indulgent. If they continue on this path.... expect Trump '16 and a rout.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  219. Mario

    From Nashville,

    It is a shame that just a few days ago Mr. Romney's campaign catagorized all other issues beyond the economy as "shiny objects," and as "distractions." Being predident is about taking on multiple issues at one time, hell, mulitple issues in one day. Today we saw one person look presidential, and that was the POTUS. People are calling this Romeny's "Lehman Moment." and we all remember how well that worked out for McCain.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  220. Mark W, Big Lake, MN

    To use a event of another 911 attack to make a political statement to the nation is shallow and telling of his true intent, that is obviously to never waste a tragedy and use every disposalale tool to further his own political and personal agenda, regardless of the effect on the Nation. It sickens me and will show up in the ballot box. This guy is out of touch with humanity and the last guy on the face of the earth that I want in charge of looking for weapons of mass destruction.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  221. Roger Bowman Albuquerque NM

    It won't for me.
    If I have a job that pays the bills and keeps food in my refrigerator I'll probably vote for Obama.
    If I don't I won't.
    Either way I won't vote for Romney, he has too many players from the Bush team in his ear and I am tired to my death of war and those who make war to make money.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  222. Phyllis G Williams

    How will the meltdown in the Middle East affect the U.S. presidential election?

    People are wise. They will listen to the approach of each individual and decide which is normal for an upset world.
    Exposing military secrets invites revenge by the enemy, less chatter will mean more lives saved in the countries.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  223. Cassie Gee

    In the absence of presidential leadership as these events unfolded yesterday, Romney was absolutely right to address what appeared to me to be a totally incoherent "apology" the embassy. Who could know that the statement released by the embassy was not what the President had sanctioned. Why doesn't someone ask the President what took him so long to react to the Embassy statement as well as to be out front on these entire events. In answer to your question – these events are partially a result of leading from behind – really, and I believe the American people can see it for that. There will be some more disappointmint with the President and that all adds up when folks vote.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  224. Bob

    Yes – I think maybe Americans are going to finally perhaps realize what then new republican party stands for. When others attack our country, republicans attack Obama. A sick, disgusting disgrace of a political party wrapped up in false patriotism and whack-job ideology. The greatest danger to America is the fruticakes on the right who are working so hard to destroy this nation. Romney has shown his true stripes toay – and they're not red, white, or blue.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  225. Robert P

    It should and will be devastating to Romney's fgoreign policy credentials, or should I say the complete lack thereof. He stepped away from the pledge he had made for not politicizing things on 9/11 and shot out a factually incorrect and inappropriate remark before he even knew what was going on in the Middle East. Similar to his many gaffes while traveling abroad last month he continues to show his lack of leadership skills and his willingness to say or do ANYTHING in order to get elected. This is not presidential behavior.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  226. Ray Victory

    Vero Beach, FL
    It has already. It clearly showcases Mr. Romney's inexperience and ignorance. Absolutely unready for prime time!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  227. newmalthus

    The age of Obama feels more and more like Jimmy Carter and the late '70's with each passing day.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  228. Amit

    It matters because we have one presidential candidate (Mitt) who seems much more likely to take us to war than the other. Foreign policy isn't the number 1 issue for 96% of voters right now, but as tensions escalate, Americans who are weary of war will vote for the man who acts as though he is too.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  229. Nelly Velly

    I agree with Sen. John Kerry, "Romney's remarks are irresponsible, inexperienced and reckless. I am outraged that Mitt Romney would politicize these recent events. We are a military family with most of my family members currently serving in our US armed forces. If our fellow Americas would pay attention to the true world events and check facts; they would realize what a weasel Mitt Romney is. God forbid Mitt Romney wins the election; America will suffer so much more if he is President. If only the people will open their eyes wake up and see Romney is an evil conniving weasel.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  230. m12

    Are you kidding?
    Americans are too busy watching tv to bother with this
    A couple of weeks from now this will not even be remembered by most Americans, who are poorly informed and led like sheep

    September 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  231. Judy

    It is one reason that I will be voting for the president. I would rather have Pres. Obama in charge if we go to war with Iran than businessman, no diplomatic skills Mitt Romney.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  232. RGD

    As Abraham Lincoln once said "It is better to remain silent and be thought as fool than to speak and remove all doubt". Romney should have heeded his advice and it is always useful to get all facts before speaking instead of scoring cheap political points. His statements on Libya tragedy past 24 hours proved to us that he is not ready for 3 am call and should not be anywhere near nuclear suitcase as compared to President Obama.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  233. Kirsten from Albany, NY

    Yes, it will affect the election. I am tired of President Obama apologizing for the USA. I have seen the film and I do not like it, but Libya and Cario should NOT have done what they did. What they did was inexcuseable. Two wrongs do not make a right. I am glad Romney pointed out about the apologizing. It shows President Obama's true colors.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  234. Jasmine in Germany

    Romney looses a few points for his stupidity amongst the intelligent voters.

    Jack, it should be brought to the attention of some of your readers and viewers that many people living in non-democratic countries are not familiar with "freedom of speech". They actually believe that the infamous film which possibly sparked the attacks was made by the US Government as a propganda and attack film. They don't understand that a private individual has the right to make a film of his own choosing in "free" countries. Hence, the ignorant and violent reactions.

    Also, to those commenting on how the Middle East is irrevelant at home: they couldn't be more wrong.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  235. Jenna Roseville CA

    How will the meltdown in the Middle East affect the U.S. presidential election?

    Obama proved once again to be calm, cool, collective, and presidental.

    Where as Romney once again is unbelieveably undignified. This is the second time Romney has opened his mouth and inserted his golden foot without knowing all of the facts. He tried yet again to inject himself into an international situation where he didn't belong. And to make his comments on 9/11 was even in poorer taste. Smacks of desperation if you ask me.

    Thank goodness Obama is our president.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    September 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  236. Joe Reed

    The only thing more pathetically political and uninformed than Romney's response (to what has now been discovered to have been an al-Qaeda plot disguised as protests), are the comments made here by some who simply wouldn't recognize the truth if it gave birth to kittens on their lap.

    I don't believe the President is our savior from all ills, but former Governor Romney continues to display the truth that he is ill-prepared for the job.

    And half of the country continues to prove that a lack of education, coupled with no real understanding of the world, is the new American Way.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  237. Rose of Salem Wisc

    Not everything that happens in the US is campaign fodder. The attack was really a time for hands across the aisle for unity in the light of an American affront. Romney in stead of cool head and an and a measured resonse against the attack and in careful consideration that he was not appraised in that moment to all the gears in motion in response. Time enough later for quarter backing the response, it is his informed call until your turn and he should have been backed or move out of the limelight. Romney took the immediate spurious response which leaves every American a little more uncertain of a tomorrow with him in charge especially finding that our troops were moving in harms" way. Bad call Romney! Craven self interest not presidential!

    September 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  238. GOP Hate America

    Romneys foreign policy will be the same as his domestic........Shut up and trust me

    September 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  239. Victoria Pereira

    CANADIAN: Toronto, ON

    Mitt Romney comment was fair based on the statement from.the Embasy which was disacowed by President Obama. This is not the time for political correctness whhen a US Ambassador was executed. How could this has happened and why was this not forseen. This is another failure of President Obama who has been inconsistent wih the Middle East.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  240. Gary in Los Angeles

    I should prefer to believe that the President's and Romney's respective responses to the actions against our embasies in Egypt and Libya would stand as compelling evidence to those few undecided voters that the President is a strong leader deserving of re-election and that Romney simply is not up to the task. If the right to vote were conditioned on exercising that right in a well-informed or responsible manner, then it would be game-over for Romney. It may well be anyway.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm |