“…I will be very specific. Number one, the, this lecture on embassy security, the congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by three hundred million dollars below what we asked for, number one. So much for the embassy security piece…”
Paul Ryan (r): ….This Benghazi issue would be a tragedy in and of itself, but unfortunately it’s indicative of a broader problem. And that is what we are watching on our TV screens is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy, which is making the (inaudible) more chaotic us less safe.
Martha Raddatz: I just want to you about right in the middle of the crisis. Governor Romney, and you’re talking about this again tonight, talked about the weakness, talked about apologies from the Obama administration. Was that really appropriate right in the middle of the crisis?
Paul Ryan (r): On that same day, the Obama administration had the exact same position. Let’s recall that they disavowed their own statement that they had put out earlier in the day in Cairo. So we had the same position, but we will, it’s never too early to speak out for our values.
We should have spoken out right away when the green revolution was up and starting; when the mullahs in Iran were attacking their people. We should not have called Bashar Assad a reformer when he was turning his Russian-provided guns on his own people. We should always stand up for peace, for democracy, for individual rights.
And we should not be imposing these devastating defense cuts, because what that does when we equivocate on our values, when we show that we’re cutting down on defense, it makes us more weak. It projects weakness. And when we look weak, our adversaries are much more willing to test us. They’re more brazen in their attacks, and are allies are less willing to…
Vice President Joe Biden (D): With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey.
Martha Raddatz: And why is that so?
Vice President Joe Biden (D): Because not a single thing he said is accurate. First of all…
Martha Raddatz: Be specific.
Vice President Joe Biden (D): I will be very specific. Number one, the, this lecture on embassy security, the congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by three hundred million dollars below what we asked for, number one. So much for the embassy security piece.
Number two, Governor Romney, before he knew the facts, before he even knew that our ambassador was killed, he was out making a political statement which was panned by the media around the world. And this talk about this, this weakness. I, I don’t understand what my friend’s talking about here.
We, this is a president who’s gone out and done everything he has said he was going to do. This is a guy who’s repaired our alliances so the rest of the world follows us again. This is the guy who brought the entire world, including Russia and China, to bring about the most devastating, most devastating, the most devastating efforts on Iran to make sure that they in fact stop (inaudible).
Look, I, I just, I mean, these guys bet against America all the time….