In a press conference from Jacksonville, Fla., Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stood by his criticism of President Obama over the handling of an attack on the American Embassy in Egypt and a deadly assault on a consulate in Libya.

On Tuesday night, Romney called the Obama administration's response "disgraceful" and sympathetic to the attackers in Egypt. He was referring to a statement from the U.S. embassy in Cairo -- released Tuesday before the Egypt embassy breach and the deadly Libyan attack in Benghazi -- that condemned anti-Muslim speech. The Egypt protests were sparked by an anti-Muslim film; it now appears that the Libya attacks may not be related.

"I also believe the administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions," Romney said Wednesday.  "It's never too early for the U.S. government to defend attacks on Americans and defend our values." He added, "The first response from the U.S. must be outrage."