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Foreign policy hands voice disbelief at Romney Cairo statement

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 12 2012 11:39 a.m. MDT

August 2012, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis. An early release of Romney\'s statement to the American Embassy in Cairo has spun uproar. (Evan Vucci, Associated Press) August 2012, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis. An early release of Romney\'s statement to the American Embassy in Cairo has spun uproar. (Evan Vucci, Associated Press)

Our take: An early release of Governor Mitt Romney's statement to the American Embassy in Cairo spun uproar towards Romney and sympathy from others for the unfortunate circumstance. Ben Smith, from BuzzFeed reports on it:

"Mitt Romney's sharply-worded attack on President Obama over a pair of deadly riots in Muslim countries last night has backfired badly among foreign policy hands of both parties, who cast it as hasty and off-key, released before the facts were clear at what has become a moment of tragedy.

"Romney keyed his statement to the American Embassy in Cairo's condemnation of an anti-Muslim video that served as the trigger for the latest in a series of regional riots over obscure perceived slights to the faith. But his statement — initially embargoed to avoid release on September 11, then released yesterday evening anyway — came just before news that the American Ambassador to Libya had been killed and broke with a tradition of unity around national tragedies, and of avoiding hasty statements on foreign policy. It was the second time Romney has been burned by an early statement on a complex crisis: Romney denounced the Obama Administration's handling of a Chinese dissident's escape just as the Administration negotiated behind the scenes for his departure from the country."

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