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Political Surrogates Visit C'ville, Speak Out on Attack in Libya

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

November 4, 2012

For the past two months, foreign affairs has become a larger issue in this election, following an attack against the U.S. consulate in Libya. Surrogates for both presidential candidates are speaking about the importance of the issue

The Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi has Republicans and Democrats split on yet another topic.

As more information comes out about the attack and the events leading up to it, some people want more answers.

"I'm afraid the election is overshadowing it as well as the investigation into it to determine what happened. Nobody really seems to be covering it but it needs to be addressed," said Michael Tierney.

At an Albemarle County campaign stop Saturday, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) compares the debate over what President Barack Obama's administration knew about the crisis at the consulate in Libya to the Watergate scandal.

"The president of the United States is going around telling people that this was a spontaneous demonstration. They're not telling the truth and our veterans, I'll tell you, I've been traveling. They are angry they are mad, they do not trust this president to be commander in chief," said McCain.

Speaking at a canvassing event on Sunday in Albemarle County, former Fifth District congressman Tom Perriello defended the Obama administration when it says it was very hard to understand exactly what was going on on the ground.

"There's a lot of politicizing of things that really shouldn't be treated that way. When a really difficult situation happens and they're going to continue to happen around the world, it's a matter of taking a responsible approach to finding out exactly what happened. Both in order to prevent bad things from happening in the future and to find out who exactly is responsible," Perriello said.

"Now we've learned from that, made corrections going forward. I don't think it was any kind of plot or planned by our government to conspire this," Jeffrey Solomon, of Potomac, Md., said.

For now, the focus is the election and the nation will soon find out which way Virginia will sway in the most official poll on Tuesday.


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