Obama Campaign Official: Libyan Terror Attack Has Become 'Political Topic' Because of Romney and Ryan

By Matt Cover | October 11, 2012 | 5:06 PM EDT

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts in Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 11, 2012, where Romney announced Ryan as his running mate. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(CNSNews.com) – Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter said that the only reason the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya has become a "political topic" was because of Republican candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

“The entire reason that this has become the political topic it is, is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. It’s a big part of their stump speech,” Cutter said in an appearance on CNN Thursday.

“It is reckless and irresponsible what they’re [Romney and Ryan] doing,” she said.

When anchor Brooke Baldwin played Cutter a video of the reaction from the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith accusing the Obama administration of lying to her, Cutter demurred and said the State Department would have to answer any further questions about the facts of the incident.


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“First of all, you’re right. I can’t speak for the administration. I’m on the other side now. I’m on the campaign, and my job may be to spin, Ashley [Brooke], but it’s also to put the facts out there, and we’ve put the facts out there every step of the way,” Cutter said.

“I have great sympathy for that mother who lost her son. I don’t know about the conversations that have occurred, and I do need to leave that to the State Department.”