8:15 pm ET
Republicans have been somewhat frustrated that the emerging details of the events leading up to the death of more Americans in Benghazi and the aftermath have not created more political pressure on the President.
Romney’s strong words Thursday night in Asheville, NC, in response to an earlier interview by an Obama campaign official who accused the Republican ticket of politicizing the issue, could escalate the matter:
“President Obama, this is an issue because Americans wonder why it was it took so long for you and your administration to admit this was a terrorist attack…. No, President Obama, it’s an issue because this is the first time in 33 years that a United States ambassador has been assassinated. Mr. President, this is an issue because we were attacked successfully by terrorists on the anniversary of 9/11…. This is a very serious issue. These are serious questions and the American people deserve serious answers, and I hope they come soon.”
Recognizing that both sides are playing a bit with fire talking about the deaths of Americans in the context of politics, there is no doubt that for Romney, and many others, this is an emotional issue. And emotion matters a lot at the end of a campaign.