The killing of the American ambassador in Libya represented a massive intelligence failure.
So acknowledged Vice President Joe Biden at the start of a nationally televised debate with Rep. Paul Ryan.
“It was. It was a tragedy.”
“I can make absolutely two commitments… One, we will find and bring to justice the men who did this. And second, we will get to the bottom of this… and whatever mistakes were made will not be made again.”
“It took the president two weeks to acknowledge that this was a terrorist attack,” Ryan said. “Look, if we’re hit by terrorists, we’re going to call it what it is, a terrorist attack.
“This Benghazi issue would be a tragedy in and of itself. But unfortunately it is indicative of a broader problem,” he said, “the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy.”
The sole vice presidential debate of the campaign is playing out at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, with Biden and Ryan seated at a table across from moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News.
The presidential candidates met Oct. 3 in Denver at a face-off widely credited for boosting Republican Mitt Romney’s standing in the polls. Romney and President Barack Obama will meet again on Oct. 16 and 22.
Romney was campaigning today in North Carolina, where he gained the public endorsement of the 93-year-old evangelist, Billy Graham. And Obama was campaigning today in Florida, addressing a campus rally at the University of Miami.
A new poll in Florida today portrayed a seven-point advantage there for Romney, taken as a measure of the last debate. Other swing state polls since the first presidential debate have shown a closing gap between Obama and Romney. The latest results of the Gallup Poll’s daily tracking of likely voters shows a contest virtually tied for the past four days of reports from the rolling average of a seven-day survey.