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Video: Candy Crowley Defends Fact Checking Mitt Romney During Debate

| by Michael Allen

During last night's presidential debate, CNN host Candy Crowley fact checked Mitt Romney when he claimed it "took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.”

Pres. Obama answered: “Get the transcript."

Moderator Candy Crowley then told Romney: “He did, in fact, sir,”

Pres. Obama then added: “Can you say that a little louder, Candy?”

Crowley explained: “He did call it an act of terror. It did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea of there being a riot out there about this tape to come out.”

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This morning, however, Republicans claimed that Crowley had backtracked because after the debate she said Romney “was right in the main, I just think he picked the wrong word.”

On CNN, this morning, Soledad O’Brien asked Crowley: “This morning, Paul Ryan, who has been making the rounds on the morning shows, says, ‘Well, she’s already backtracked.' Are you backtracking on what you said in that fact check last night?”

Crowley answered: “Goodness, I hope they get back to one another... [President Obama] did say acts of terror, call it an act of terror, but, Gov. Romney, you are perfectly right that it took weeks for them to get past the tape.”

"Now, did the president say, ‘This was an act of terror’? The president did not say [that], he said, these ‘acts of terror.’ But he was in the Rose Garden to talk about Benghazi so I don’t think that’s a leap.”

In response, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) told Crowley on CNN that “it wasn’t necessarily your place to try to be fact checker right there. I happen to think that your assessment of that was wrong. It’s not the role of the moderator to say, ‘Mr. President, you’re right.’”

On September 12, the day after the Libya attack, President Obama did say "acts of terror" (video below): "No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for."