Speaking this morning at a press conference, Gov. Mitt Romney defended freedom of speech as part of his criticism of the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya and the killing of our ambassodor to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
He didn’t directly relate the right to free speech to the attacks, which were waged in response to a movie desecrating Mohammed, but at least he mentioned it – something the president failed to do in his own remarks this morning.
America will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies. We’ll defend also our constitutional rights of speech and assembly and religion.
Earlier today, before Romney’s press conference, I wrote that neither Obama nor Romney had defended free speech, which is the crux of the issue for Americans. As has been said, the right of free speech is meant to guarantee expression we find offensive, not that which we don’t.
Romney also doubled down on his criticism from last night of the Obama administration’s initial reaction – a statement out of the Egyptian embassy condemning not the violence, but the movie.
Here’s the a video of Romney’s remarks and press conference. Apologies, the sound wasn’t great.