By: Mark LaRochelle
: Asked about the administration’s denial of requests from the U.S. mission to Libya for increased security prior to the September 11 terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi — which resulted in the assassination of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans — Biden answered, “we weren’t told they wanted more security … We did not know they wanted more security.”
: The U.S. Embassy in Libya requested “an increase in the number of our permanently assigned RSO [Resident Security Officer] staff,” as well as “five TDY DS [Temporary Duty Diplomatic Security] agents for 45-60 days rotations in Benghazi.”
: “On Iraq, the president said he would end the war. Governor Romney said that was a tragic mistake; we should have left — that he ended it — Governor Romney said that was a tragic mistake; we should have left 30,000 troops there.”
: Actually, Romney was criticizing Obama’s failure in negotiations with Iraq. What Romney (speaking with veterans) said was that “the withdrawal of all of our troops from Iraq by the end of this year is an enormous mistake and a failing by the Obama administration. Secretary Panetta and others had indicated they were working to put in place a Status of Forces Agreement … The precipitous withdrawal is unfortunate. It’s more than unfortunate. I think it’s tragic.”
: Asked under Obama’s plan “who will pay more in taxes?” Biden replied “people making a million dollars or more will begin to contribute slightly more.”
: Obama’s plan is to allow the Bush tax cuts of 2003 to expire at the end of the year for individuals making over $200,000 per year, or households making more than $250,000 per year — not $1 million per year. Biden’s math was off by a factor of five.