Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Gingrich, GOP tell Romney to make Libya a campaign issue

Newt Gingrich wants Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to make a campaign issue of the attacks in eastern Libya last month that resulted in the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans..

“I don't know if I feel the administration was incompetent and lied to us or that the intelligence community is totally out of touch,” the former speaker of the House said on “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “The ambassador's own diary notes that he was worried about being targeted. Romney should be demanding that the president tell the American people the truth.”

Gingrich joins a chorus of conservatives who have taken aim at the Obama administration for its handling of the Libya attack.

 The White House had initially said the attack was spontaneous, but a week later, administration officials acknowledged that terrorist groups with possible ties to al-Qaeda were likely involved.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee told Fox News the Bengazhi attack was worse than Watergate , a sentiment echoed by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on the same network.

Senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told Fox, “President Obama needs to be held accountable for his administration's attempts to mislead the American people about what happened in Benghazi.”

And Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, called for the resignation of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

A group of 10 congressmen wrote a letter to President Obama last week, making reference to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States:

“This seems like a pre-9/11 mindset — treating an act of war solely as a criminal matter.”

Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan had already seized on what they called “mixed messages” about the Libya attack at campaign events in the aftermath of the incident.

In response, White House senior adviser David Plouffe has defended the administration’s statements, arguing that more information became available with time.

“Obviously you are going to know more two weeks after an event than a week after an event,” Plouffe said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

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