Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Presidential Election

September 27, 2012

Republicans assail Obama on 9/11 attack in Libya

WASHINGTON — Republicans are lashing out at President Barack Obama and senior administration officials over their evolving description of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

The late campaign-season broadside is a GOP effort to challenge the veracity and leadership of an incumbent on the upswing.  

Talk of Watergate-style scandal, stonewalling and cover-up echoed in the GOP ranks on Thursday, from the head of the party to members of Congress to Mitt Romney’s campaign staff. The criticism comes five days before the first debate between Obama and Romney, with Republicans determined to cast the president as dishonest and ineffectual on both foreign and domestic policy.

Democrats and the White House insist that the GOP is trying to politicize national security.

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