Even allies say Romney is 'not doing himself any favours'

The sudden violence against American diplomatic missions in the Middle East has turned the presidential election campaign upside down - at least for the moment.

15th September, 2012
Hillary Clinton with Barack Obama making a statement about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. Photo: Getty

The sudden violence against American diplomatic missions in the Middle East has taken a presidential election campaign that had been focused overwhelmingly on domestic issues and turned it upside down - at least for the moment.

The Republican Party's candidate for the White House, Mitt Romney, found himself on the defensive after his response to the clashes was widely criticised, even by some prominent members of his own party.

But the overall situation holds risks...

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