Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney criticized Vice President Joe Biden on Friday for “directly contradicting the sworn testimony of State Department officials” during the vice presidential debate on Thursday night.
Romney spoke to a crows outside an auto dealership in Richmond, Virginia, according to The Washington Post, saying:
“He’s doubling down on denial and we need to understand exactly what happened as opposed to just having people brush this aside. When the vice president of the United States directly contradicts the sworn testimony of State Department officials, American citizens have the right to know just what’s going on.”
During the debate on Thursday night, Biden stated that “we” were unaware of security concerns in Libya. White House officials clarified the statement on Friday, saying that the vice president was speaking about himself and President Obama, not the entire administration.
Along with criticizing Biden’s statements, Romney praised his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) for his performance during the debate, saying that the lawmaker was “thoughtful, respectful, steady, poised, the kind of person you want to turn to in a crisis.”
ABC News notes that, following Romney’s criticism of Vice President Joe Biden, Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith continued her accusations that Mitt Romney is politicizing the tragic events in Libya. Smith wrote:
“Mitt Romney has repeatedly rushed to launch political attacks without knowing all the facts. This is the same candidate who took multiple positions on whether we should take action in Libya in the first place.”
Romney’s continued criticism of the Obama administration’s response to Libya is an indicator that the campaign will continue to attack the President’s foreign policy decisions in the closing weeks of the campaign.