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US Election Updates - September 13, 2012

Obama hits back at Romney over criticism on Middle East attacks

President Barack Obama on Wednesday slammed his Republican rival Mitt Romney over his criticism of the White House for its handling of attacks on U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt.

In advance excerpts of a 60 Minutes television interview released by the White House, Obama said that while most Republicans had reacted responsibly, Romney had a tendency "to shoot first and aim later", adding that "Governor Romney didn't have his facts right."

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed in an attack on the Benghazi consulate after it was stormed by Islamist gunmen on Tuesday over an American-produced film seen as insulting to the Prophet Mohammad.

Another assault was carried out on the same day on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

Earlier on Wednesday, Romney maintained his critical stance on the White House over a statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo condemning the film.

Obama defended the embassy's action, while at the same time clarifying that he was not involved in the decision.

"It came from folks on the ground who are potentially in danger," he said in the interview. "And my tendency is to cut folks a little bit of slack when they're in that circumstance rather than try to question their judgment from the comfort of a campaign office."

"There is a broader lesson to be learned here and Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later," Obama said.