Romney Left In Dark On National Security

By: CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta
By: CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta

CNN-After Mitt Romney was knocked back on his heels for commenting on the diplomatic attacks in the Middle East before all of the facts were in, advisers to the GOP nominee said he has yet to receive national security briefings from the Obama administration.

It is customary in the latter stages of a general election campaign for presidential challengers to get these vital intelligence updates, regardless of which party is in power.

Two senior Romney advisers confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that Romney is still awaiting his first national security briefings from administration officials.

An administration official told CNN it is up to the Romney campaign to ask for the briefings. It's unclear whether the request has been made. Romney advisers declined to comment any further on the matter.

A top Romney foreign policy adviser acknowledged on Wednesday the death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya was not yet known to the campaign when it issued a statement that sharply criticized the president's handling of the crisis.

The initial statement released by the Romney campaign late Tuesday night did, however, note the death of an "American consulate worker."

A senior Romney strategist told CNN Thursday the campaign is confident the controversy sparked by the Republican contender's comments would blow over in time.

The strategist said Romney's criticism highlighted the "big differences" in the race.


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