Biden’s Lie About Embassy Security and Romney’s Statement on Benghazi

Another moment where Biden was flat-out wrong when talking about embassy security and Benghazi:

BIDEN: I will be very specific. Number one, the — this lecture on embassy security — the congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by $300 million below what we asked for, number one. So much for the embassy security piece.

Number two, Governor Romney, before he knew the facts, before he even knew that our ambassador was killed, he was out making a political statement which was panned by the media around the world. And this talk about this — this weakness. I — I don’t understand what my friend’s talking about here.

We — this is a president who’s gone out and done everything he has said he was going to do. This is a guy who’s repaired our alliances so the rest of the world follows us again. This is the guy who brought the entire world, including Russia and China, to bring about the most devastating — most devastating — the most devastating efforts on Iran to make sure that they in fact stop (inaudible).

Look, I — I just — I mean, these guys bet against America all the time.

USA Today has the details, but doesn’t pass judgment:

Claim: Biden said Ryan’s budget called for a $300 million cut to security of the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

The facts: Ryan’s budget plan would have cut non-defense discretionary spending by 19% in 2014, according to The Hill newspaper. The blueprint doesn’t specify cuts to embassy security, but the Obama campaign says the figure — if applied across the board — would result in a $300 million decrease in funding for protection, construction and maintenance of all U.S. embassies. The Romney campaign disputed the claim, saying no specific cuts were recommended

Over to you, Joe. How does the 2014 budget affect what happened on September 11, 2012?

And in regard to Mitt’s statement where the president now famously quipped on CBS, “Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later,” Jake Tapper effectively turned that around at the press briefing Tuesday:

TAPPER: President Obama shortly after the attacks told “60 Minutes” that regarding Romney’s response to the attack, specifically in Egypt, the president said that Romney has a tendency to shoot first and aim later. Given the fact that so much was made out of the video that apparently had absolutely nothing to do with the attack on Benghazi, that there wasn’t even a protest outside the Benghazi post, didn’t President Obama shoot first and aim later?

For the entire Tapper/Carney exchange, click here.

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