Things got a bit heated at the second presidential debate, especially when the town-hall style event touched on the recent attack on the American embassy in Libya. In light of Sec. of State Hillary Clinton's 'I take responsibility' comment to CNN, moderator Candy Crowley asked President Barack Obama, 'Does the buck stop with your Secretary of State?'
The President replied, 'Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job, but she works for me. I'm the president, and I'm always responsible, and that's why nobody's more interested in finding out exactly what happened than I am.'
Looking at his opponent Mitt Romney, he added:
'The day after the attack, Governor, I stood in the Rose Garden, and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror. And I also that said we are going to hunt down those who committed this crime. And then a few days later I was there greeting the caskets coming into Andrews Air Force Base, and grieving with the families.
And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the Secretary of State or our U.N. Ambassador — anybody on my team — would play politics, or mislead when we've lost four of our own, Governor, is offensive. That's not what we do. That's not what I do as president, that's not what I do as Commander-in-Chief.'
Romney later expressed skepticism about the Obama's claim that he immediately referred to it as an act of terror, to which the President called out, 'Get the transcript' and Crowley added, 'He did indeed call it an act of terror' the day following the attack.'