Romney Now Agrees With Obama On Anti-Muslim Film
Posted by Ashish on 09.14.2012
Romney changes position, agrees with Obama....
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So after that huge uproar a couple days ago where Mitt Romney blasted the US Embassy in Egypt (and by extension, Obama) for "apologizing" to the Muslim world over a bigoted anti-Muslim film that led to the riots and violence in Libya, he came out today and did the exact same thing -- blasting the anti-Muslim film. Below is exactly the statement the US Embassy in Egypt released on Tuesday, which Romney attacked Obama over as "apologizing," followed by what Romney himself said today on the issue to ABC's George Stephanopoulos. Pretty stunning reversal.
U.S. Embassy in Egypt's statement, which Romney attacked:
"The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
Romney's statement today:
"Well, I haven't seen the film. I don't intend to see it. I you know, I think it's dispiriting sometimes to see some of the awful things people say. And the idea of using something that some people consider sacred and then parading that out a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldn't do it. Of course, we have a First Amendment. And under the First Amendment, people are allowed to do what they feel they want to do. They have the right to do that, but it's not right to do things that are of the nature of what was done by, apparently this film. I think the whole film is a terrible idea. I think him making it, promoting it showing it is disrespectful to people of other faiths. I don't think that should happen. I think people should have the common courtesy and judgment- the good judgment- not to be- not to offend other peoples' faiths. It's a very bad thing, I think, this guy's doing."
The lack of message discipline right now in the Romney campaign is pretty startling. He tried to make Obama's "apology" the biggest story of the election two days ago, and now turns around and does the exact same thing. Puzzling to say the least.