Election 2012

Romney Advisers Clash over Libya

How best to take advantage of Obama Administration's missteps?

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Advisers to Mitt Romney are split over how broadly and aggressively to attack President Barack Obama for his handling of foreign policy following the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, according to top Republicans close to the campaign.

Some aides are arguing that the campaign has been given a huge gift: a new opening to argue White House failure and incompetence. "Across the board – domestic, economic and foreign-policy issues – President Obama has been outmatched by events," said a Romney adviser advocating an aggressive response to the chaos in the Middle East. "He's an observer of events, not a shaper of events. Everywhere you look, he's been outmatched."