Mitt Romney Monday expressed clear frustration with Candy Crowley’s decision during the critical second presidential debate to insert herself into the proceedings and proclaim Obama correct on a point they were debating.
CNN’s Crowley, you’ll remember, said during the debate, which she moderated, that Obama was right in his assertion that he had called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror” the day after it had occurred.
While technically true, it’s unlikely Obama meant that the Benghazi “act of terror” was a “terrorist attack,” given that the White House stressed for days the assault was in response to a video. Crowley helped confirm a misleading suggestion on the president’s part that he was immediately terming Benghazi “terrorism.”
Romney told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt:
Well, I don’t think it’s the role of the moderator in a debate to insert themselves into the debate and to declare a winner or a loser on a particular point. And I must admit that at that stage, I was getting a little upset at Candy, because in a prior setting where I was to have had the last word, she decided that Barack Obama was to get the last word despite the rules that we had.
So, she obviously thought it was her job to play a more active role in the debate than was agreed upon by the two candidates, and I thought her jumping into the interaction I was having with the president was also a mistake on her part, and one I would have preferred to carry out between the two of us, because I was prepared to go after him for misrepresenting to the American people that – the nature of the attack.
Here’s Crowley’s moment of temporary enlistment in the Obama campaign:
This is audio of Romney’s comments to Hewitt: