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Obama response to Egypt mob 'disgraceful'? Most Republicans steer clear.

Mitt Romney strongly criticized an Obama administration tweet about the protests that threatened the US embassy in Egypt. But most congressional Republicans struck a gentler tone. 

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Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky, seen here on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 31, has so far refused to criticize the Obama administration for its response to attacks on an embassy in Egypt and a consulate in Libya.

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Republican congressional leaders fell out of step with their presidential candidate Wednesday, with most refusing to echo the sharp criticism voiced by Mitt Romney over the Obama administration's response to Egyptian protests at the US embassy in Cairo Tuesday.

Instead, Republican leaders focused on Christopher Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya who was killed in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, also on Tuesday. 

On Capitol Hill, flags were lowered to half mast in honor of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans killed in the attack, and no partisan rancor was evident in either chamber. 

At their morning meeting on the floor of the Senate, majority leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada and minority leader Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky traded none of their signature barbs Wednesday morning. 

“Yesterday we commemorated the anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, and today we are reminded that brave Americans serve us every day at the risk of their own lives,” Senator McConnell said. “We honor the Americans we lost in Libya, and we will stand united in our response.”

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