The Libya moment is the one that is being played over and over again from tonight’s debate, and moderator Candy Crowley explained to CNN what was going through her head when she decided to fact-check Mitt Romney’s suggestion that President Obama didn’t call the Benghazi attack a terrorist incident until 14 days later.
Crowley told Soledad O’Brien, “Well, I knew that the president has said act of
terror, because this has kind of come up before, and also I heard him
that day. And what Mitt Romney was going for, and I think where he
tripped himself up was that he picked that one wrong fact. The
president did call it or refer to it in some ways an act of terror, and
so it felt as though – and the president kept looking at me going, you
know, and I thought, well, I did know then, I said, you know, he did
call it an act of terror. That’s what caused the applause.
She added, “And then I said, but you are correct that they didn’t know
for a couple of weeks that it wasn’t related to the tape and there was
no riot outside the consulate, so – and that side of the room clapped. … I wasn’t trying to get them to clap, I was trying to sort
of – you know, bring some kind of clarity to the conversation.”