Portions of a video featuring Barack Obama speaking to a conference of black clergy in 2007, aired last night, injected the issue of race into the campaign on the eve of the president’s first televised debate against challenger Mitt Romney.
President Barack Obama condemned “in the strongest terms” an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that left the ambassador and three other American embassy staff dead. He ordered tighter security at diplomatic posts across the world.
The attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya became a flashpoint in the American presidential race, as Republican nominee Mitt Romney drew criticism from Democrats and Republicans for chastising President Barack Obama and his administration on their response.
Mitt Romney’s allusion to doubts raised by some of Barack Obama’s opponents that the president was born in the U.S. prompted a fundraising pitch from Obama’s campaign, as the Republican challenger later termed his comment “humor.”
Mitt Romney denounced a plan drafted by Republican strategists to run a racially tinged advertising campaign against President Barack Obama focusing on his former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr.