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Midday Update: Romney Says Libya Attack ‘an Act of Terror’

by Newsteam Staff
September 26, 2012

GOP nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 in New York September 25, 2012. (Adrees Latif/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 in New York September 25, 2012. (Adrees Latif/Courtesy Reuters)


GOP nominee Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of not being honest with the public about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and for not referring to it as a terrorist attack (WSJ) even though the director of the National Counterterrorism Center and the White House press secretary have.

“That’s an act of terror,” Mr. Romney said in a Fox News interview of the four Americans who were killed in the attack in Benghazi, Libya.  “But the White House doesn’t want to admit it.”

Obama has not directly addressed the critique, but has vigorously defended his foreign policy credentials (Reuters) in the last few days.

This CFR Issue Tracker looks at both candidates’ stances on democracy promotion in the Arab world.

Obama spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative yesterday, where he highlighted the issue of human trafficking, calling it “nothing more than ‘modern slavery,’” (AP).

The speech coincided with new executive orders “mandating government contractors put in place a compliance program throughout the supply chain to prevent human trafficking.”

Obama noted that human trafficking also occurs within the United States. “It’s the migrant worker unable to pay off the debt to his trafficker. It’s the man lured here with the promise of a job, his documents then taken and forced to work endless hours in a kitchen; the teenage girls forced to walk the streets,” he said. “This should not be happening in the United States of America.”

Romney also spoke at the same forum yesterday, where he emphasized employment as a tool to quell political and social unrest.

You can read the full speeches here and here.

Read what the candidates are proposing for on a number of major foreign policy topics in these CFR Issue Trackers.

After a day of focusing on international issues, both Obama and Romney will head to battleground state Ohio today.

Ohio has become a foal point for both campaigns when it comes to the economy, and the campaigns have used it as a backdrop for everything from unemployment issues to China policy (AP).

Read more about the candidates’ positions on the economy in this CFR Issue Tracker.

–Contributing Editor Kirsti Itameri

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