Sunday’s ‘State of the Union’ included misstatements on both sides

Posted on October 21, 2012 by


The guests on CNN’s “State of the Union” included Newt Gingrich (pictured, home page), the former House speaker, and Bill Richardson, a former New Mexico governor who held cabinet and diplomatic positions.

Moderator Candy Crowley began the discussion with a sound bite of Mitt Romney, saying as he has many times, “The President’s policies throughout the Middle East began with an apology tour.”

Gingrich also touched on the apology question: “[A]nd I think you can go country by country and see sort of the fraying at the edges of the Obama policy and the fact that apologizing to Islam and worrying about this and mentioning, for example, the stupid film six times in the United Nations speech, is not a strategy that’s getting us anywhere in the region.”

Fact-checks have consistently concluded that the word  “apology” was never used and the same applies to “sorry.”

Former governor and U.N. ambassador Bill Richardson (pictured, this page) addressed the controversy over who said what after the tragedy in Libya. President Obama said in the last debate that he called the attack an act of terror the morning after the bloodshed. Richardson echoed that comment: “The next day he called it an act of terror twice, in Washington and in Nevada.”

As we said in a previous post, we think the President’s reference was not a definitive statement  attributing the Benghazi  violence to terrorism. Here’s what the President said and then our take in that October 16th post:

 “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.“  Former presidential candidate John Kerry (D-MA) also said after the debate that the President referred to the violence as a terror attack the day after it occurred.

We say they’re both wrong because the President’s words could not be seen as a clear statement intended to refer only to Benghazi. Rather it was a more general reference to violence. Plus, his surrogates still maintained, after the President’s remarks September 12th, that the attack appeared to be the result of the video.