Mitt Romney was supposed to be interviewed by CBS's Scott Pelley today for 60 Minutes, but amid the chaos surrounding the Libya story they forced to reschedule. CBS was still able to find time for the President, though.
Here's how it all breaks down. Politico's Dylan Byers reports Mitt Romney was supposed to sit down with Scott Pelley, but once they found out this morning U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens was killed, Pelley was reassigned to cover the breaking news. On the other hand, Obama was scheduled to sit down with Steve Kroft and their interview went off without a hitch. The President was given an opportunity to respond to Romney's attacks by saying the Republican "seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later." The interview got excerpted at 4 p.m. on CBS's special report, and the whole thing will air on 60 Minutes later.
Obama's interview got mostly positive blog coverage in the wake of Romney's ill-fated plan to go on the offensive right away. Daily Intel's Dan Amira noticed his "shoot first, aim later" line was something he used on John McCain in 2008 over a foreign policy debate. But the President hasn't received very much negative feedback for attacking Romney because he focused on the victims first, as the National Journal's Major Garrett explains. "Until the CBS interview, Obama and other government officials focused on expressions of grief for the lives lost, a condemnation of the violence, and guarantees of justice for the perpetrators," he writes. "In the swirl of sadness and the need for calm, Obama ignored Romney until the official work of acknowledging the deaths and putting the mayhem in context was complete."
For now, Romney is left out in the cold. His 60 Minutes interview "will be rescheduled due to breaking news," a CBS spokesperson told Byers.