Mitt Romney on Friday accused the Obama administration of attempting to "mislead the American public" over the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Seizing on Vice President Joe Biden's claim at the debate the previous night that "we weren't told" that the consulate wanted additional security, Romney said Biden had "directly contradicted the sworn testimony of State Department officials." The White House dismissed the claim, saying Biden was referring to himself and the president, not the State Department, which did indeed receive and reject the consulate's requests for more security. Analysts say the Romney campaign is using the Obama administration's muddled response to the crisis to chip away at Obama's perceived advantage in foreign policy.
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