Obama: ‘No Act of Terror Will Go Unpunished’

September 13, 2012 - 3:14 PM

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks about the death of U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama talked about an “act of terror” when referencing the attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East, one of which killed four Americans.

“I want people around the world to hear me, to all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished,” the president said at a campaign rally in Golden, Colo. Thursday. “It will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the Untied States of America.”

Obama’s Republican opponent Mitt Romney and others have criticized him for a less than firm response immediately after the attacks on U.S. embassies in Egypt and Lybia. The terror attack in Libya killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, the administration’s point man during the Libyan revolution.

Obama has also faced criticism for not taking a break from his reelection campaign after Americans were attacked abroad. He traveled to Las Vegas to campaign on Wednesday.

Nevada and Colorado are critical swing states in the presidential race. Obama leads Romney in Nevada by 3.3 percent, according to the RealClearPolitics average of all recent polls in the state. Obama leads Romney by 3.4 percent, according to the RCP average.

Obama went on to say that both diplomats and military are doing important work overseas, and that the United States would bring the killers to justice.

“It doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it is vitally important. We enjoy our security and our liberty because of the sacrifices they make,” Obama said. “They do an outstanding job every single day without a lot of fanfare. So, what I want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice.”

Obama added, “I’ve directed my administration to do whatever is necessary to protect all Americans who are serving abroad. It’s one of my highest priorities as president. We’re also in contact with other governments to underscore that they’ve got an obligation to cooperate with us to protect our citizens. That’s part of their job.”

See earlier story:

Obama Administration Still Not Ready to Call Benghazi a Terror Attack