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Candy Crowley Fact Checks Mitt Romney During The Debate, Sparks Outrage

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Presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley from CNN had said before the debate that she planned on getting involved in steering the debate, sparking criticism from both campaigns that she was not planning on following the rules. Well, she lived up to the criticism, fact checking Mitt Romney in the middle of a statement he was making about President Obama’s handling of the assassination of the US Ambassador in Libya.

President Obama claimed that in his Rose Garden speech, the day after the attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three additional Americans, he labeled the attack an “Act of Terror.” Romney objected, saying that it took the Administration more than two weeks to label the attack a planned act of terror and not a spontaneous violent protest concerning an anti-Islam film that was posted to YouTube.

What President Obama had said in the Rose Garden on September 12, 2012 was:

“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.”

Obama had interrupted Governor Romney and said that he in fact had called the attack an “act of terror.” When Romney said that he hadn’t, Crowley decided to interject saying:

“He did in fact call it an ‘act of terror.’ “

President Obama chimed in and said to Crowley:

“Can you say that a little louder?”

Crowley continued to interject by speaking to Governor Romney, saying of President Obama:

“It did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea of there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.”

Almost immediately, Twitter and those commenting on the debate exploded with praise and criticism. Those who supported President Obama were praising her courage and Romney’s supporters were aghast that Crowley would violate the agreed upon debate rules and interject what they say as with her opinions.

Crowley was immediately asked about the incident after the debate to which she responded:

“I knew that the president had said ‘act of terror’. I heard it … [Romney] picked that one wrong fact.”

Do you think it is appropriate for the moderator to be able to offer fact checking services during a live debate?

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27 Responses to “Candy Crowley Fact Checks Mitt Romney During The Debate, Sparks Outrage”

  1. Barbara Chase


  2. David Emmith

    Yes, the president said "act of terror" but that comment was in the context of 9-11 which he was talking about just prior to saying "act of terror." And earlier he spoke about religious tolerance and the attackers having no justification to kill our people. You seemed to have left that little tidbit out of the post. Nice try, it didn't fly.

  3. Jerry Burch

    This is incredibly funny… because while technically Romney may be right he is going to lose this argument because of his and the Republican parties past actions on twisting Obama's words. Remember the whole "You didn't build that" lie fest? By now the public is so used to the Romney and the Republicans saying whatever lie about Obama that is most likely to get them favor everyone is going to assume this is just another Romney lie. Karma truly is a bitch ain't it :)

  4. Dwayne Moore

    That is just it. If you fact check Mitt he loses every time but noone is fact checking this guy! I can tell you Mitt did none fo the stuff he said he did when he was governor here [in Massachusetts]. Will someone fact check this guy please!

  5. Lynn Brengle

    David is right …that comment was about the 911 attack. Obama spent two weeks talking about how the YouTube video played a role in the attack and the media is not remembering that. Irregardless, a moderator should appear to be impartial…otherwise, also interject when the other side is incorrect. Very unprofessional of Candy!

  6. Vickie Downing Stutzman

    Her role was just to moderate, to conduct, not to express her opinion or to provide "facts". She was out of line. Her bias showed clearly. I went into the debate as a decided voter; I didn't watch the first debate (travelling) but in my opinion, though I am clearly for one candidate over the other, it was a draw. I think they both lied, I think they both dodged questions, they both interrupted. If we have to decide a loser, it's us, the American people.

  7. Michelle Concordia

    Absolutely NOT! I don't care who she was defending or correcting…a moderator should NEVER be allowed to interject fact or opinion into the content of a topic in a debate!

  8. Patty O'furniture

    Twisting Obama's words? If I hold up a can of Coke to your face are going to tell me it's Pepsi? Obama is a nobody. He's no different than an American Idol winner. He had no record in the senate. He was pushed by liberals to be president (even pushing the Clintons aside) because they knew his skin color would afford him handicaps (like lying) a white person wouldn't get from the population and the media. Even Bill Clinton said that Obama was using the race card on his wife! Case in point, he received a Noble Peace Prize when he first became President, why? For being black! How is that an accomplishment? HE HADN'T EVEN DONE ANYTHING YET!! That's a pathetic as it gets! Before 2007 no one even knew this man existed. He has a history of having created no businesses himself, he blames other people for his failures like when he said "Shovel Ready jobs weren't so shovel ready" after blowing $850 billion dollars. He blew $90 billion on failed green technology. Case in point, A123, another green energy company that received $250 million from the government, just went bankrupt yesterday! Obama says millionaires and billionaires have to pay their fair share, yet his idea of a millionaire is a family making $250k. That's not a millionaire!! He keeps pushing his "Fair Share" BS yet 1/3 of the country pays zero federal taxes. I thought Obama was the man that kept saying "we all have to do our part"? Is 1/3 of American's paying nothing, doing their part? Face it, a garden slug could run this country better than Obama. He's a slick race baiting ambulance chaser with good public speaking ability and nothing more. Stop being a sucker.

  9. Patty O'furniture

    Kim LaCapria, Candy just admitted she was wrong right on TV. The only one who lost was Obama because now the American public knows he needs help during debates. He lost the first debate because he didn't get help.

  10. David Emmith

    Okay Jerry, let's follow your line of reasoning. Context is important right? Here is more of the Obama quote concerning 'you didn't build that'. "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."
    So the 'you didn't build that' phrase is ambiguous (you didn't build the business because you were helped or you didn't build the roads and bridges – take your pick). Let's assume that he was talking about roads and bridges. So what. The president's point is still the same. Read the first sentence in the quote, 'somebody along the line gave you some help.' Really?! How on earth does he know? Has the president ever built a business? Hell no, he hasn't built anything but a damn mess after making all these promises to the contrary. The people who built this 'unbelievable American system' are those same people that he is lecturing to! To believe this guy you have to separate yourself from reality. It is remarkable how blind some people have become over these past four years. How dare he waltz on down here from his holier-than-thou perch and belittle the people that made it possible for him to be in the position he's in in the first place.

  11. David Emmith

    This is part of the problem Dwayne. You're asking someone else to fact check Mitt. How 'bout we do the fact checking ourselves. Don't bother with the self-proclaimed fact checkers. Make GOOGLE your fact checker assistant and go to the videos on YouTube of the person you are fact checking (not some political hack with an axe to grind) for speeches and interviews – go to government web sites for the data they reference. In the long run, the only person you can trust is yourself.

  12. Wolff Bachner

    he didn't specifically call the Benghazi attack an act of terror. your Obama panties are showing again kim.I bet hopey is written on both sides.

  13. Jerry Burch

    You really think Obama's meaning was "If you've got a business—you didn't build that?". Seriously? The point he was making is that anyone, and I do mean anyone, who has built a business has relied on investments made with public funds… roads, bridges, K-12 schools, universities, the Internet, the Postal Service, law enforcement, fire protection a reliable power grid… the list is almost endless. I agree that it was a hideously stated phrase from a grammatical sense but no one finds ambiguity in it unless they choose.

    And to shorten it to simply the phrase "If you've got a business—you didn't build that" with the assertion that was President Obama's meaning is a lie. Tell too many of those and people stop believing what you say which, as my post pointed out, is why Romney has no chance to win this argument over parsing Obama's words last night. The foreign policy debate is next week anyways so he'll have another chance to bring up Libya. Let's hope for his sake he can do it without such a political gleam in his eye given that four Americans including our Ambassador died.

  14. David Emmith

    I believe that's what he meant but yes, it was so hideously stated that it is possible to read something else into it and I do not believe it is a stretch to think so based on his previous comments and his politcal persona in general. He's a statist plain and simple. He always talks a good game. I remember listening to him 4 years ago and thinking he's not so bad but then the Joe the Plumber incident happened and that was a red flag for me. The guy is rooted in big government ideas. It makes for bad policy and he just doesn't get it. Additionally, his flaming arrogance gets in his way. He was a mistake. He needs to be fired.

  15. Jerry Burch

    "He was a mistake. He needs to be fired." … well good luck with that and making sure your replacement is not a bigger mistake. I don't understand how someone can vote for Romney unless, as you might be saying, it is an anyone-but-Obama vote. Because how can you know what you are getting? Which Mitt Romney? Having watched Romney, through the Republican Primaries until now, try on and discard positions as frequently as his wife shows up in new outfits on the campaign trail the only core conviction he seems to have is a conviction that it would be really cool to be President.

  16. Aaron Cohn

    I really wish Crowley wouldn't do Obama's debating for him. The way she handled herself was shameful. She had no business moderating the debate. This was moderating incompetence.

  17. Aaron Cohn

    Jerry Burch And those who built the business rendered funds to the government in kind for the infrastructure they used. No, Obama was showing his true colors as a redistributionist. It's who he is. And when he goes off teleprompter, you see it.

  18. David Emmith

    I think Romney has potential. He's flexible. lol Obama is just a horrible president plain and simple. Romney will do much better. Thanks for the good luck wishes. After Obama even bad luck would be welcome.

  19. Danny King

    Candy could not have been ore wrong. She overstepped her authority all night and she never had control. Candy has always projected she was very liberal and she let it show. Her job was to be fair and neutral.

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