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Mitt Romney Is Not Fit To Be President of the United States

Yesterday's controversy over the tragic death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other U.S. diplomats tells us a lot about the character of GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney. As we all now know, Romney made the outrageous and blatantly false allegation that President Obama "sympathized with those who waged the attacks" on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Just what does this episode tell us about Mitt Romney's fitness to be President of the U.S.?

The biggest problem with Romney's allegation that Obama sympathized with the cowardly bums who attacked our diplomats was that it was simply false. The original statement that Romney responded to came out of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo before the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Cairo and Benghazi. This particular statement mildly criticized a movie made in the U.S. that offended Muslims and was aimed at preventing an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. The diplomats who put out this statement were in genuine fear for their lives.

In response to this statement from Cairo, the Romney campaign essentially accused the President of the United States of treason during the midst of an international crisis. Even after it was clear that the U.S. embassy statement in Cairo didn't sympathize with terrorists, Romney doubled down and once again accused President Obama of treason.

What this tells us is that when Mr. Romney was presented with a genuine crisis for the first time as a Presidential nominee, he failed the test miserably. What Romney did here was make two grossly misleading and slanderous statements in an attempt to exploit a national tragedy for partisan political gain. Romney's statement was so grotesque, virtually every Republican ran for cover and didn't back him up. Romney only received support from the likes of Donald Rumsfeld, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.

Senator Ben Nelson correctly blasted Romney for choosing to "take potshots for political gain" in his reaction to the deadly attack on the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. Senator Nelson said it best, "They should zip their lips shut and come together as Americans and stop trying to score political points or partisan points after a tragedy. Now is a time when you see what people are truly made of. The United States needs to find these terrorists and take them to justice now."

Dennis Crawford is our newly elected 2nd Associate Chair. He will begin serving his term on the NDP's executive board at the first State Central Committee meeting following November's election. Thank you to Dennis for his contribution to the NDP's blog.



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