12:31 pm Sep. 13, 2012
"He went off half-cocked, he didn't have his facts right," said Rep. Jerry Nadler, after a conference call timed to coincide with Mitt Romney's fund-raising visit to New York City today.
Nadler was, of course, talking about the timing of Mitt Romney's criticism of the administration's reaction to a demonstration in Cairo and an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, as events were still unfolding.
Nadler also took issue with the idea that an initial statement released by the embassy in Cairo amounted to an "apology" for American values, as Romney characterized it.
"To say that this is an apology—and there's not a word of apology in it, by the way—it's simply saying that Americans don't like to denigrate other people's religions and that anybody who does so doesn't represent the American people, which is simple truth," Nadler said. "Which is a decent statement, and what you should say when you know there's a likelihood of riotous conditions.
"For Romney to come out and say that's an apology A) is not accurate. And B) he said it when he didn't have his facts straight. He said that was the reaction to the attack on the embassy, to killing American nationals. That simply wasn't true.
"Then to later come double down and say, 'Gee perhaps I spoke a little too quickly,"... and say 'the embassy belongs to the president and he's responsible and was apologizing,' is just the most irresponsible politicization of a deadly situation, when we ought to be caring about the lives of Americans at stake rather that worrying about cheap political stunts."