Following a vice presidential debate this week that concentrated heavily on foreign policy, the presidential campaigns clashed hard on Sunday over the administration's response to the terrorist attack in Libya.
David Axelrod, the senior adviser to the Obama campaign, defended the administration's actions in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Libya, accusing the Romney campaign of exploiting the issue for political gains.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace hammered Axelrod for 10 minutes on Libya, challenging him over the Obama administration's reaction to the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Axelrod said the administration acted appropriately.
In the vice presidential debate, Joe Biden said the White House was unaware of security concerns at the consulate in Benghazi, saying the administration's public statements were based on what they were told by the intelligence community. Though he says members of the administration heard the concerns, Axelrod said the White House doesn't hear reports from every U.S. embassy across the globe.
"There are no doubts that these security measures went into the State Department," Axelrod said.
When challenged about the president going to a fundraiser in Nevada following the attack in Libya, Axelrod said Obama was in constant contact with his foreign policy advisers. He also said the president is always responsible for what goes wrong. "At the timeline level, the president of the United States is responsible for everything that happens," Axelrod said.