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Romney slams Obama reaction to Egypt, Libya violence

Published on Sep 12, 2012 4:51 PM
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses the crowd at the 134th National Guard Association Convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, on Sept 11, 2012 in Reno, Nevada. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Mitt Romney on Wednesday hit out at the Obama administration's "disgraceful" response to violent protests in Egypt and Libya, accusing it of sympathising with the Islamist demonstrators.

"I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi," the Republican presidential candidate said in a statement.

"It's disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks." The Obama campaign quickly fired back, with spokesman Ben LaBolt accusing Mr Romney of launching a "political attack" on a day of tragedy.

"We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack," he said. The United States (US) official was killed when an armed mob attacked the consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi hours after demonstrators scaled the walls of the US embassy in Cairo and tore down the US flag.

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