By Daniel Strauss - 09/12/12 05:57 PM EDT
Similarly, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Romney's comments were the latest in a long line of clumsy statements. Durbin referenced to a number of gaffes the former Massachusetts governor made while visiting Britain earlier in the year.
"There comes a time when you've got to use some judgment, whether you're speaking to the British about the Olympics or you're reacting to the death of the ambassador in Libya," Durbin said, also according to the AP. "You've got to have a little prudence and a little common sense, not make the situation worse."
And Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) called Romney's response "absolutely appalling."
"I think what Mitt Romney said was just absolutely appalling," Israel said on MSNBC. "If anybody has any doubts about this man's willingness to say anything or do anything to achieve the presidency — even the most irresponsible things, then this proves it."
Romney was quick to try and capitalize on a Tuesday statement from the
Cairo embassy against "the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to
hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to
offend believers of all religions."
"The statement that came from the administration — and the embassy is the administration — the statement that came from the administration was a statement which is akin to an apology and I think was a severe miscalculation," Romney said in a response.
At a press conference Romney stood by his criticism. He denied that he was prematurely injecting politics into international events that were still unfolding — the response to the Cairo embassy was released late Tuesday night, before news broke that a number of officials at the embassy in Benghazi had been killed.
Four officials were killed at the Benghazi embassy, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and Foreign Service officer Sean Smith. Two other officials including a consulate worker died in the attack on the Benghazi embassy as well.