Pres. Obama: Mitt Romney Shoots First, Aims Later (VIDEO)

Source: Brian Montopoli / CBS News

In response to Mitt Romney’s criticism of the Obama administration for its handling of recent violence in Egypt and Libya, President Obama told CBS News on Wednesday that Romney “seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

“There’s a broader lesson to be learned here,” Mr. Obama told “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft. “And I think — you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. That, you know, it’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ’em.”

Asked if Romney’s attacks were irresponsible, the president replied, “I’ll let the American people judge that.”

Romney released a statement last night – on Sept. 11 – asserting “that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” The criticism was in response to a statement put out by the U.S. embassy in Egypt, not the Obama administration. In addition, the statement was released before violence began in an apparent effort to head off the attacks.

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