U.S. officials are investigating the deaths in Libya, which occurred when the consulate was breached.
In his appearance on ‘‘The View,’’ the president avoided a direct answer when asked if the attack had been terrorism.
‘‘There’s no doubt that the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn’t just a mob action. What’s clear is that, around the world, there are still a lot of threats out there,’’ he said.
Romney intends to return to the subject of international affairs and discuss foreign aid, trade agreements and international development when he addresses the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the campaign’s thinking.
Romney, like Cantor, took a slap Monday at Obama’s handling of relations with Israel.
‘‘The president doesn’t have time to actually spend time with leaders of these nations, particularly Bibi Netanyahu. I find that very troubling,’’ he said.
In a campaign setting records for television advertising, both campaigns released new commercials during the day as Obama conceded some of his own had gone too far. ‘‘You know, do we see sometimes us going overboard in our campaign, the mistakes that are made in areas where there is no doubt that somebody could dispute how we are presenting things — that happens in politics,’’ he said during the ‘‘60 Minutes’’ taping. The remark was not part of the broadcast, but was posted to the CBS website.
AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller contributed from New York; Associated Press writers Jim Kuhnhenn and Philip Elliott contributed from Washington. Espo reported from Washington.