WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's running mate is again slamming President Barack Obama for his response to questions about the attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans last month.
Paul Ryan told a Milwaukee radio station (WTMJ) that Obama's answers have been "inconsistent" and "misleading." Ryan asks, "Why the stonewalling? In another Wisconsin radio interview (on WTAQ in Green Bay), Ryan said administration officials keep "shifting their story" about the attack in Benghazi.
Romney has criticized the administration for initially describing the attack as a spontaneous mob reaction to an anti-Muslim video on YouTube. Officials now acknowledge it was a terrorist attack.
U.S. officials are telling The Associated Press that the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of the attack to say there was evidence it was carried out by militants. But it's not clear who received that information right away.
The White House isn't commenting on what it says would have been an "internal and classified CIA cable."
Ryan says he hopes there will be answers in Monday night's presidential debate -- which will focus on foreign policy -- and from a congressional investigation.
160-a-17-(Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Republican vice presidential nominee, in interview)-"just can't defend"-Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says the deadly terrorist attack in Bengazi would be a tragedy in and of itself if it was an isolated incident. ((note cut length)) COURTESY: "The Charlie Sykes Show on WTMJ Radio" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Oct 2012)
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159-a-16-(Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Republican vice presidential nominee, in interview)-"to explain himself"-Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says the Obama administration's story behind the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans in Libya continues to shift. ((note cut length)) COURTESY: "The Charlie Sykes Show on WTMJ Radio" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Oct 2012)
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133-v-27-(Tim Maguire, AP correspondent)--The day after a deadly attack, the CIA's station chief in Libya reported to Washington that it was likely the work of terrorists. AP correspondent Tim Maguire reports. (19 Oct 2012)
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APPHOTO WX102: FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, a Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a mob upset about an American-made, anti-Muslim movie. It is unclear whether anyone outside the CIA saw the cable at that point or how high up in the CIA the information went. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File) (13 Sep 2012)
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