Romney Not Yet Being Given Security Briefings

In 2008, Intelligence officials had already been briefing John McCain and Barack Obama by this point


Mitt Romney has yet to begin receiving the security briefing typically afforded presidential nominees, his campaign said Wednesday.

The absence of a briefing is conspicuous at a time when foreign policy has emerged as a the focal point of the campaign, following the death of four Americans, including Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, amid violent protests in the Middle East. Last week, in his speech accepting the Democratic nomination for a second term, President Obama charged that Romney and his running mate, Paul D. Ryan, were "new to foreign policy."

In 2008, both Obama and John McCain began receiving intelligence briefings shortly after accepting their respective party nominations for president.