News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Wayside Furniture

NOCHE


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Politics




Ohio's senators respond to Libyan attack united yet divided
Brown questions Romney's accusation that that administration sided with attackers; Portman agrees with it
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
This story is part of a special series.


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
In The Region:

Ohio’s congressional delegation and senators were united in expressing condolences to the families of the U.S. ambassador and three others killed in the attack on a consulate in Libya today. But WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that they showed political divisions as well.

Ohio sentators' response

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:02)


(Click image for larger view.)

Ohio’s two U.S. senators were calling this morning for a measured response to the attacks on the consulate and a similar one on the embassy in Cairo.

But they showed some slightly different reads early on who should be included in that response.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican:

“With regard to these specific attacks we need to go after the perpetrators and hold them responsible. The government of Egypt and the government of Libya need to ensure that these folks are held accountable. And they also need to do a better job of protecting American soil just as we protect their embassies here in the United States.”

 

Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat said a lot still needs to be known.

“If it is a terrorist act as we think, we should deal with it that way. And I look to the president as we always do in that situation, not to second guess, not to politicize, but for leadership, and I think the president so far has shown that.”

As word of the Libyan attack was breaking, President Obama’s opponent, Mitt Romney, accused the administration of apologizing for America’s values and sympathizing with the attackers. That was because of a statement the Egyptian embassy issued before the attacks. It was based on a video posted on the internet that portrayed the prophet Mohammed as a buffoon and a pedophile, and rejecting religious intolerance.

Brown says Romney was out of line.

“It was inappropriate on something like this to be critical of the president of the United States so quickly and so immediately of something happening like this.”

But Portman saw it differently.

“Of course I agree with him. I think pretty much all Americans would. We shouldn’t be apologizing for this. The United States government did nothing wrong. We should instead be saying this is outrageous, unacceptable and that those responsible ought to be held accountable. So I don’t think its politicizing it. I think it’s just common sense.”

Romney has also defended his statement. And President Obama issued a statement after the Libyan attack strongly condemning “the senseless violence.”

 


Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook





Stories with Recent Comments

FitzGerald isn't giving up, but many Stark voters are worried, wary and weary
SB5 stands for "Snow Ball 5" because voters have about a snow ball's chance of remembering what it was.

Columbus groups are trying to pass a Bill of Rights to combat fracking
Its about time we make a stand against the criminal actions of an entire Indsutry.

Crystal Ball says Ohio governor's race is done
How much is the Kasich campaign paying you to keep repeating the phrase "woman who is not his wife"? Fitzgerald was in the car with a friend who happens to be f...

Plane that crashed killing Case students is a popular training aircraft
The following is incorrect. The last few words should read "UNDER maximum gross take-off weight." “They have a normal take-off speed and all those take-off...

Exploradio: The never-ending war against superbugs
Super Federico ,we are so proud of you ,and very lucky to be among your friends . Keep it up human kind needs people like you to survive .Thanks for being so d...

Ohio's Lyme disease-carrying tick population is exploding
Interesting report. The last sentence needs some editing. It isn't a good idea to "save garments carrying ticks for analysis." The garments carrying t...

Teach for America enters third year in Ohio
For more background on TFA, check out http://reconsideringtfa.wordpress.com/

Faith leaders hold week-long prayer vigil at Ohio Statehouse
I think this is the wrong link to the audio. Its Andy Chow about cigarette taxes.

A $30 million plan to turn Cleveland's Public Square from gray to green
The current plan is for the Land Bank, RTA, and Mr. Jeremy Paris to run a bus line through the new Public Square and cutting the park in half. Save Public Squar...

Medina County residents question safety of proposed natural gas pipeline
I'm very concerned about this nexus project. I've received mail requesting my permission to allow the company to survey my property. I don't understand how thi...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University