JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in Mandarin this morning it's never too early for America to condemn attacks on its sovereignty and says the White House gave "mixed signals" in its response to the breach of the American Embassy in Egypt.
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Romney on Wednesday condemned attacks against the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four U.S. diplomats, including the U.S. ambassador.
Still, Romney stood by his sharp statement Tuesday night criticizing the Obama administration. On Wednesday, he said that statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was "akin to apology" and a "severe miscalculation."
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The first 150 supporters to arrive at the Mandarin Victory Office location of the Duval County Republican Party were allowed in to hear Romney speak.
The office is located at 10210 San Jose Blvd. Parking is at the Etz Chaim Synagogue.
Romney is also attending a campaign event at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Wednesday, according to an invitation online. The invitation lists the event host as The O'Rourke Group.
The private event is only open to those who have purchased tickets. Tickets for the general reception are $2,500, according to the invitation. The VIP photo reception has "TBD" listed for the price.
The VIP photo reception is at 11 while the general reception starts at 11:30.
This is Romney's third First Coast visit in the past month. His first visit was August 13, the day before the presidential primary. Romney stopped at Flagler College during that visit.
Romney again made a visit to North Florida after the Republican National Convention when he and Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan campaigned at the Jacksonville Landing.
Tuesday afternoon Ann Romney visited the First Coast. She made care packages for the USO.
Ann Romney arrived ahead of Mitt, who landed in Jacksonville after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Associated Press, First Coast News