One day after criticizing President Obama in the hours following the announcement of the deaths of four U.S. diplomats, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney softened his tone on Thursday, and focused on grieving.
“I know that we’ve had heavy hearts across America today, and I want you to know things are going to get a lot better. But I also recognize that we’re in mourning. We’ve lost four of our diplomats across the world. We’re thinking about their families and those that they’ve left behind,” Romney said, at the beginning of a rally with roughly 2,700 supporters here in Northern Virginia.
Then, as Romney continued to lament the loss of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and the three others killed in Benghazi, a heckler distracted him.
“What a tragedy, to lose such a wonderful, wonderful, uh,” Romney said, as the heckler began to yell, “Why are you politicizing Libya?”
Romney continued, “wonderful people that have been so wonderful.”
The crowd chanted the heckler down, and then Romney made a decision that if he held a moment of silence, it would be disrupted by the protester. “And so I would offer a moment of silence but one gentleman doesn’t want to be silent so we’re going to keep on going,” Romney said.
Romney’s comments came one day after he leveled a blistering critique at the president just hours after Stevens’ death was announced. It was an apparent acknowledgment by Romney that he may have struck an off-note on Wednesday, when he talking briefly about mourning the Americans’ deaths but spent most of his time blasting Obama’s approach to foreign relations.
The vid speaks for itself…that he could turn such a somber moment into an Obama bashing free-for-all just proves he’s got nothing to stand on! SMH
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