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Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Cutter: Libya is only a campaign issue

President Obama’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter struck again. The woman who falsely denied having anything to do with the Joe Soptic ad for Obama’s Super PAC and who conceded that the claim that Mitt Romney was pushing a $5 trillion “tax cut” wasn’t true hit a new low:

Actually the issue is four dead Americans and a whole lot of incompetence and misleading statements from the White House. Cutter, however, was only getting up to speed. Later she doubled down with this:

From the time of the attack in Libya, Mitt Romney has stopped at nothing to politicize these events. While Mitt Romney, Congressman Ryan, and their Republican allies in Congress have turned a national tragedy into a political circus, the President has been focused on getting the facts, finding the terrorists responsible, and bringing them to justice. Our nation’s security and how we handle the transitions in the Middle East and North Africa are critical issues in this campaign, and just 26 days before an election, the American people deserve real ideas and specifics from Mitt Romney.

You could argue that the voters deserve an explanation from Obama who has hid, not answered questions and gotten the “investigation” bottled up until after the election. The Obama campaign has now succeeded in heightening interest in an issue that is a loser for them, a debacle that goes to the president’s competence and credibility. Good luck with trying to hide from it now.

UPDATE (4:15 p.m.): Andrea Saul, spokeswoman for the Romney campaign released a statement, which reads: “President Obama’s campaign today said that Libya is only an issue because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. They’re wrong. The reason it is an issue is because, for the first time since 1979, an American ambassador was assassinated and President Obama’s foreign policy strategy of ‘leading from behind’ is failing. This administration has continually misled the American public about what happened in Benghazi and, rather than be truthful about the sequence of events, has instead skirted responsibility and dodged questions. The American people deserve straight answers about this tragic event and a president who can provide leadership, not excuses.”

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