Across the board, the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012 initially fueled suspicion on the late Ambassador Chris Steven’s death, along with 3 other Americans. The elections are 4 days away and what started as a GOP talking point for the Romney campaign, quickly dissolved.
Lou Dobbs, former CNN anchor and now host of Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs Tonight recently received the highest rated month for October. Dobbs topped the rival show CNBC’s The Kudlow Report, according to the most resent Nielsen Media Report. Lou Dobbs had a strong opinion on the way the White House and the Obama administration handled Libya:
“We’ve had tremendous reporting on this issue. Catherine Herridge, principal among those in my opinion, issued reporting on this new cable that was revealed to the Secretary of the State laying out the fact, that the State Department Security Team new that there were 10 Islamic militias at work in the Benghazi region, in addition to Al Qaeda itself and this was less than a month before those attacks against the consulate and the annex and the murder of our Ambassador and 3 other Americans. This is a President who had the temerity, this is a Secretary of State who had the temerity- reading this cable, to walk out and say to the American people without so much as a blanch, that this was about a YouTube video? This is sickening. This is sickening misrepresentation and I think frankly, unforgiveable on any level.”
Since Romney called out President Obama in the second Presidential debates, telling him that he did not call the Libya attack a “terrorist attack.” Moderator Candy Crowley chimed in correcting Mitt Romney and after the second debate, after GOP pundits criticized President Obama’s use of “terrorism.” A Times article echoed the same analysis noticing that in the second debate was the last Romney raised the Benghazi attack, “Romney sidestepped the issue in the final debate and, as far as I’m aware, hasn’t raised it since.”
According to same Times article, “Why Romney’s not talking about Benghazi anymore” raises concerns regarding conflicting reports on Libya:
“To be sure, Obama’s role in all this does remain frustratingly opaque. The White House hasn’t said whether the President was presented with any decision options during the attack, like whether to order drone or fighter jet strikes in the area (although it’s far from clear that either would have been practical in a confused situation). It’s still not quite clear why the Administration blamed that infamous anti-Islamic video for the attack as long as it did, even as contradictory reports added up.”
New CIA wires and time lines have come out and the investigation is still ongoing. Yet, Romney has chosen to completely drop the Benghazi attack during all his remaining talking points. There have been no answers from the White House and most speculate the results of the investigation will not be revealed until after the election. The Times article speculates that Romney’s silence on Libya may have something to do with being “granted classified national security briefings, as is the custom for major-party nominees.”
As the Libya controversy continues to stir questions in the media and among increasingly concerned Americans on the administration's handling the Benghazi attacks, with 3 days remaining both Presidential candidates shift focus on the economy. The U.S. Department of Labor came out with October’s unemployment numbers this Friday. While October boasted 171,000 new jobs, ironically the unemployment number rose to 7.9 percent. This reflects the Jefferson County unemployment numbers, as Cheryl Mayforth Director of the Jefferson-Lewis WorkForce told ABC50 similar unemployment numbers:
“The unemployment number here in Jefferson County is 8.8 and it has not changed, it’s the same as last year. In August, it was 8.9 and now it is 8.8 but a tenth is not enough and we consider it basically the same.”
Cheryl went on to explain that new jobs rose from 44,000 in 2011 to 51,000 in 2012. This reflects the national trend where the unemployment number rose from 7.8 to 7.9, but the number of jobs increased nationally in October to 177,000.
President Obama took advantage of the rise in jobs during his campaign stop in Hilliard, Ohio:
“In 2008, we were in the middle of two wars and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. And today, our businesses have created nearly 5.5 million new jobs; and this morning, we learned that companies hired more workers in October than at any time in the last eight months.”
While Mitt Romney held his own rally in Ohio bringing up President Obama’s pledge to reduce unemployment by this time to 5.2 percent. Romney wasn’t satisfied with the October numbers state that:
"Right now, today we learned that it is actually 7.9% and that's 9 million jobs short of what he promised. Unemployment is higher today than when Barack Obama took office."
Both candidates are virtually tied in the polls currently, both battling for Ohio. With only 3 days left, President Obama plans on visiting Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
While Romney had a campaign rally in New Hampshire Saturday and will also be stopping in Iowa and Colorado with a stop in Pennsylvania Sunday.