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September 27, 2012

White House accuses Republicans of looking to politicize attacks in Libya

White House press secretary Jay Carney today accused Republicans of looking to turn the attack in Libya that killed four Americans into a partisan issue.

Republicans have raised questions about the security levels at the consulate and Obama's refusal to label them a "terrorist attack." The White House has offered various triggers for the attack and Carney on Air Force One today referred questions to the FBI, adding that the "perpetrators of the attack must be brought to justice." 

He said that "every step of the way, the information that we have provided to you and the general public about the attack in Benghazi has based on the best intelligence we have and the assessments of our intelligence community."

Campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the campaign wasn't worried about the Romney attacks, adding, "every time Gov. Romney has attempted to dip his toe in the foreign policy waters, it's been an unmitigated disaster."

She cited criticism of Romney's Europe trip and said he made the wrong move by immediately criticizing the administration's response to the Benghazi attacks.


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