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Rep. Hoyer: Romney made 'reckless statements without the facts' on Libya

CNN is following new riots in the streets of Cairo this morning, and new debate over whether the attack leading to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other consulate workers in Libya was a coordinated effort by al Qaeda.

House Democratic Whip and Congressman Steny Hoyer from Maryland talks to John Berman and Brooke Baldwin on “Starting Point” this morning to respond to the attacks in Middle East and the politics in the U.S. erupting from it.

Congressman Hoyer says he’s sure that every embassy around the world has been put on high alert since the attacks.

“I think all of us are dramatically reminded of the violent nature of the societies that are contending to establish democracies or to establish autocratic leaderships in their countries,” he says. “We are reminded of the danger that our men and women who are sent abroad to represent the United States of America to promote democracy and freedom around the world, we know the danger to which they are exposed.”

He answers whether President Obama is politicizing the attacks in response to statements made by Governor Mitt Romney. “Not at all,” he says. Congressman Hoyer says President Obama’s remarks were very measured and only in response to media inquires after Romney’s statement. “In my opinion, Mitt Romney, from a political perspective, made some reckless statements without the facts,” he says. “We all need to know the facts of what happened here.”

Congressman Hoyer also addresses the situation in Libya, and how the U.S. may help the country develop after coming out of a brutal dictatorship.

“America, in a bipartisan way, has been very resolute in confronting those who would terrorize our people, but terrorize their own countries as well,” he says. “The Libyans have apologized. The Libyan leadership has said it’s going to make greater efforts, and we need to give assistance to those efforts to keep their country stable and secure.”

However, the congressman maintains that host governments, as well as the U.S., must also insure that they keep obligations to keep all personnel secure.

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  1. Amir Ali

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    September 17, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Amir Ali

    Barak obama got again responsibility of winning india in match against pakistan how much betelnut/money he got god knows but president take care country not..

    September 17, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Amir Ali

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    September 17, 2012 at 4:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Amir Ali

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    September 17, 2012 at 4:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Amir Ali

    Staff last time i reported to emergency duty vehicle of gas company to mainstain it they said when reprt orders then it will maintain by emergency staff..

    September 17, 2012 at 4:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Amir Ali

    And when i finish my tea i enter in kitchen there is gas sound n very speedy n immediate i was close it bc its very hazardous to life n same i reported to SSGC

    September 17, 2012 at 4:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Amir Ali

    That why you asking me about knife i dont have knife n he came to maintain the gas leakage n i forget to close flame it there is gas at all when i got tea..

    September 17, 2012 at 4:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Amir Ali

    And inside kitchen i am saying yes i did and i got 8 yrs psych medicines from psych hospital n asking about knife he got screw driver in hands n replying..

    September 17, 2012 at 4:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Amir Ali

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    September 17, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Amir Ali

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    September 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Amir Ali

    On google when we search us military there is some respect and censor sensitvity of us military is concern the name of us mly n info indian its crime..

    September 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Amir Ali

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    September 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Amir Ali

    When we hungery sind traffic police always breaking our life inside body they are not police they butchers help the hungers not to break them..

    September 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Amir Ali

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    September 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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