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Obama Gets A Gigantic Bounce In The New Fox News Poll

Source: business insider

President Barack Obama got another huge post-convention bounce in a new poll, this time from a Fox News, which shows him leading Mitt Romney 48-43 among likely voters.

The poll gives Obama a 6-point swing from the last Fox News survey, which gave Romney a single-point lead.

There were other positive signs of a bounce for Obama, too. Here are the highlights:

-Obama supporters have closed the enthusiasm gap in the poll and are now just as likely as Romney supporters to say that their candidate winning is extremely important.

-His net favorability rating had a 5-point swing, and he's now viewed 10 points more favorably than unfavorably.

-His approval rating ticked up to an even 50 percent among likely voters, up from just 46 percent in the last poll.

-On protecting Medicare and making sure it’s there for future generations Obama leads Romney by 11 points.

-On taking the country in the right direction and handling the economy — two issues he's trailed Romney in other polls — he is now tied with Romney.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/fox-news-poll-obama-vs-romney-2012-9

Republicans Shake Their Heads At Romney’s Libya Attack On Obama: He ‘Stepped In It’

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/09/12/840821/republicans-shake-their-heads-romney-obama-libya/

The Washington Post editorial board, which is usually a reliable ally for Republicans on foreign policy, today offered sharp criticism of Mitt Romney’s claim that Obama sympathized with the attacks on Americans in Egypt and Libya yesterday, which left four American foreign service officers dead and others wounded. The Post said Romney’s attack “is a discredit to his campaign.”

While the Romney campaign’s unofficial press secretary Jen Rubin tried to rally some troops around the GOP presidential nominee, it doesn’t look like the day is turning out to be a big winner for Romney as Republicans are turning out en masse to denounce his attacks:

• “I don’t think President Obama sympathizes with those who attacked us. I don’t think any American does.” — Former Bush administration DHS Secretary Tom Ridge

•“In the wake of this violence, the rush by Republicans — including Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and scores of other conservative critics — to condemn him for policies they claim helped precipitate the attacks is as tortured in its reasoning as it is unseemly in its timing.” — Mark Salter, former chief of staff and top campaign aide to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

•“They were just trying to score a cheap news cycle hit based on the embassy statement and now it’s just completely blown up,” said a very senior Republican foreign policy hand, who called the statement an “utter disaster” and a “Lehman moment” — a parallel to the moment when John McCain, amid the 2008 financial crisis, failed to come across as a steady leader. … “This is just unbelievable — when they decide to play on it they completely bungle it.”

•But does have a good read on Romney–a man with a healthy sense of pride, and who’s already invested in the idea of Obama as an appeaser. It was the only plausible explanation the adviser could think of for how “they stepped in it,” in his words.

•“I don’t feel that Mr. Romney has been doing himself any favors, say in the past few hours, perhaps since last night. Sometimes when really bad things happen, when hot things happen, cool words or no words is the way to go.” — Conservative commentator Peggy Noonan

•“This is a time when we all should reflect on those who continue to give, even the last measure, of service and sacrifice, to promoting and defending America’s interests abroad. This is above all a reminder that politics should end at the waters edge.” — Jon Huntsman, former Republican governor of Utan and 2012 GOP presidential candidate.

The Post editorial board had some advice for Romney. “He would do well to consider the example of Republican former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, who issued a statement Wednesday lamenting ‘the tragic loss of life at our consulate,’ praising Mr. Stevens as ‘a wonderful officer and a terrific diplomat’ and offering ‘thoughts and prayers’ to ‘all the loved ones of the fallen.’”

Obama shot back at Romney this afternoon, saying he has “a tendency to shoot first and aim later.” “It’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts,” the president told 60 Minutes. “And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make them.”

Romney does not get national security briefings

Source: CBS News

(CBS News) WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney does not currently receive national security briefings, his campaign confirmed to CBS News today.

Typically, presidential candidates begin receiving briefings after securing their party's nomination, which Romney did in Tampa two weeks ago.

"It's a long-standing practice for presidential candidates and select advisers to be provided intelligence briefings following the party's nominating convention," Shawn Turner, the spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told CNN in June. "During the last presidential campaign, all the candidates began receiving briefings in September following the conventions."

Turner tells CBS News the process is "moving forward."


Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57511529-503544/romney-does-not-get-national-security-briefings/



and we should keep it that way>>> plus equals we should all be

Obama responds: Romney tends to 'shoot first and aim later'

Source: NBC

President Obama responded today to Mitt Romney's attack on him for his administration's handling of the violence in Egypt and Libya, saying the Republican presidential nominee has "a tendency to shoot first and aim later."

"There's a broader lesson to be learned here, and, you know, Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later," Obama said in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes. A portion of the interview aired in a CBS Special Report. "As president, one of the things I've learned is you can't do that. It's important for you to make sure that the statements you make are backed up by the facts, and that you thought through the ramifications before you make them."

Asked if he thought the statements made by Romney were irresponsible, Obama said, "I'll let the American people judge that."


Read more: http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/12/13833174-obama-responds-romney-tends-to-shoot-first-and-aim-later?lite

Wash Post editorial blasts Romney for "crude political attacks" over Libya/Egypt violence

Washington Post editorial board:

Mr. Romney did not then know the extent of the Benghazi incident — his statement referred only to “the death of an American consulate worker.” So it was stunning to see the GOP nominee renew his verbal offensive Wednesday morning, when the country was still absorbing the news of the first death in service of a U.S. ambassador since 1988, as well as the loss of three other Americans. Though reports were still sketchy, it appeared that a militant jihadist group, Ansar al-Sharia, took advantage of the Benghazi protest to stage an armed assault that overwhelmed the Libyan security force at the consulate.

At a news conference, Mr. Romney claimed that the administration had delivered “an apology for America’s values.” In fact, it had done no such thing: Religious tolerance, as much as freedom of speech, is a core American value. The movie that provoked the protests, which mocks the prophet Mohammed and portrays Muslims as immoral and violent, is a despicable piece of bigotry; it was striking that Mr. Romney had nothing to say about such hatred directed at a major religious faith.

Tony Perkins (Family Research Council President): I Don't Think Obama Sympathizes With Attackers

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Family Research Council President Tony Perkins disagreed on Wednesday with assessments by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, who both said that the Obama administration sympathized with the attackers on U.S. facilities in the Middle East.

"I don't think the president sympathizes with those who perpetrated these attacks against Americans," said Perkins during an appearance at the National Press Club.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/12/tony-perkins-obama-libya-attack_n_1877996.html



? Looks like Rmoney's starting to loose his grip on the evangelicals...

Paul Ryan And Todd Akin Will Both Appear At Values Voter Summit

Source: TPM

They won’t share a stage, but Paul Ryan and Rep. Todd Akin will share the same spotlight at the Values Voter Summit this week.

The summit is sponsored by Akin’s most prominent remaining supporter, the Family Research Council. And with the annual confab only days away, FRC President Tony Perkins said his group is not about to keep its star candidate away from its signature event.

Ryan speaks Friday on the Values Voter main stage. Akin won’t get the same honor, Perkins told an audience at the National Press Club Wednesday, but he will make more than one appearance.

“Unfortunately we have a waiting list of those who want to speak,” Perkins said. “We’ve had to turn away members of Congress. But he will be there participating in one of our events and speaking at, I believe, our political action committee reception Friday afternoon.”


Read more: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/todd-akin-values-voter-summit.php

Video: MSNBC's Chuck Todd Calls Mitt Romney "Irresponsible" for Attacking Pres. Obama Over Deaths

Source: MSNBC

MSNBC host Chuck Todd slammed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who attacked President Obama shortly after the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three members of his staff.

Several hours before a protest that left Stevens dead, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo released a statement condemning the film “Innocence of Muslims' that attacked the Prophet Muhammad.

-snip-

On Tuesday morning, MSNBC host Chuck Todd said “The only way to get attention is to say something a little outrageous. And I have to say, I am stunned they put out this release when they did, before we knew all the facts, before daybreak, before we know for sure whether there are going to be protests that spread around the world.”

“It seemed to be an irresponsible thing to do. And it’s one that I’m fascinated to see this morning that the Romney campaign, no mention. Suddenly they put out a debt statement. I have a feeling they wish they had that moment back, they wish they had that statement back."

"I understand where they feel like they are, they are chasing news cycles right now and they feel as if they have to be involved in every news cycle and every event if the president is involved in order to look on equal footing. But that was a bad mistake they made last night.”


Read more: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/2012-election/video-msnbcs-chuck-todd-calls-mitt-romney-irresponsible-attacking-pres



just saw this post with pic of Mittens smiling while walking away from the podium... notice, he is the only one in the room who is smiling...

https://twitter.com/CharlesDharapak/status/245893711257563136/photo/1

Press Conference: Romney Accuses President Obama of Sympathizing via Embassy Statement

Source: MSNBC Live

said he thinks embassy statement apologized for our values

then he said he agreed with the statement

blamed embassy statement on President Obama

link to follow

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Romney: Obama responsible for 'apology' issued after embassy attack

Source: Examiner

Mitt Romney today again denounced the embassy attacks in Cairo and Libya today, calling the apology sent out by the Cairo embassy a 'disgrace.'

"That reflects the mixed signals that they are sending to the world." Romney said, calling the apology a "terrible course" of action while the American embassy in Cairo was breached.

Romney noted that although President Obama tried to distance himself from the statement, his administration was responsible.

"The President takes responsibility not just for the words that come from his mouth, but the words that come from his ambassadors, from his administration, from his embassies, from his State Department. They clearly sent mixed messages to the world, and the statement that came from the administration and the embassy is his administration."

The statement in question was issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo in repsonse to the attack:

"The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions," the embassy said in a statement published online.






Read more: http://washingtonexaminer.com/romney-obama-responsible-for-apology-after-cairo-attack/article/2507742



link to press conference video: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/mitt-romney-discusses-libya-attack-17218040
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