Obama plays high-stakes game of crisis PR

As the election nears, the White House is in full damage control over its response to the deadly attacks in Benghazi.

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According to the Republicans and presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the killings in Benghazi represent a major failure in President Obama’s foreign policy.

As with any election issue, the deeper you dig into the incident the harder it is to assign blame for the tragedy. For Democrats and Republicans, it’s a competition for who can come up with the best sound bite that sticks with voters.

For now, the Republicans are winning the game, putting Democrats on the defensive.

On Thursday, the president appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to answer repeated questions about changing stories about what happened in Benghazi and how the White House and the State Department seem to be at odds.

“If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal,” Obama told Stewart. “We’re going to fix it, all of it. And what happens, during the course of a presidency, is that the government is a big operation and at any given time something screws up. And you make sure that you find out what’s broken, and you fix it.”

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