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Poll: Will Romney's Response to Libya Attacks Affect the Election?

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Mitt Romney made comments this week criticizing the president on the coattails of the , and some observers have wondered if the remarks will have an impact on the November election.

Romney this week attacked a statement from the U.S. embassy in Cairo that criticized an anti-Islam video, saying it was "akin to apology" for a fatal attack that actually happened after the statement was issued.

"The comments were a big mistake, and the decision to double down on them was an even bigger mistake," CBS News quoted Steve Schmidt, a strategist to Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, as saying

The New York Times reported that Romney "came under withering criticism for distorting the chain of events overseas and appearing to seek political advantage from an attack that claimed American lives."

And in a boldly headlined column on Salon.com, writer Joan Walsh said the incident shows why "Mitt Romney Will Never Be President." 

But on the other side, Fox News editor Chris Stirewalt said increasingly short news cycles and a focus on the political process means Romney would likely have been criticized no matter what.

"The press corps has an Obama lean and has already crafted a narrative about Romney bumbling," Stirewalt wrote. "Trying to appease the media beast won't work."

With about six campaign weeks remaining, do these recent statements have lasting implications on the minds of voters? Take our poll and leave a comment with your thoughts.

Mark Paxson September 21, 2012 at 01:15 AM
You might want to correct your mischaracterization of the Daily Caller. It's The Daily Beast that represents the remnants of Newsweek. What's classic about this, M., is that since you can't attack the accuracy of the information, you, as typical, attack the sources. Odd thing is that those links to Andrew Sullivan -- they aren't his data or his information. He's not the source.
Bwood September 21, 2012 at 04:31 AM
M., the Daily Caller said, “How long do you think Sean Hannity’s show would last if four times in one sentence he made a comment about the president of the United States and said that he looked like a skinny ghetto crackhead?” Bozell asked. “WHICH BY THE WAY, YOU MIGHT WANT TO SAY THAT BARACK OBAMA DOES,” BOZELL OPINED. OK, maybe not verbatim, but there it is. Bozell agreed with that assessment. Does that qualify as "twisted and out of context?"
Bwood September 21, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Pam, I've already submitted a couple of links here, one from the Wall Street Journal and another from Reuters. If I could submit, in your estimation, an "unbiased" link, would that mean then that I win the battle of the links? Would it prove that my links are better than your links?
Pam Pinkston September 21, 2012 at 06:07 PM
RicB---I notice you're ALL OVER all the Patch sites spouting your hateful words (e.g., "need to sit your fat behinds down, shut-up, & let the grownups handle this") against anyone who strongly opposes your pro-Obama rhetoric. Question: If you're such an upright, stalwart, ethical, patriotic vet, why aren't you putting all that spewed anger and angst into something actually productive, like helping to protect your brothers in arms' right to vote in this election? http://concernedveteransforamerica.org/2012/09/17/new-web-video-vets-on-military-voting-fit-it-already/
Pam Pinkston September 21, 2012 at 06:15 PM
And Miss Mello of Patch---I see you were quick to condemn Mark Paxson for the words "fool" and "pathetic." But you don't consider "sit your fat behinds down, shut-up, & let the grownups handle this" inappropriate? If you're going to monitor comments, I would respectfully request that you do it for ALL personal attack statements. Thank you.

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