Romney backs moment of silence for Munich 11in 2012 (but what about 2002?)


Last week the Obama administration announced its support for a moment of silence at the London Olympics to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympians at the 1972 Olympics.

This week the Romney campaign followed suit.

At first glance, this would seem to be an easy political score for both candidates. But unfortunately for Romney, there was that stint running the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002. And at least one Obama supporter is slamming the GOP candidate for not taking a stand on the issue back then:

Deborah Lipstadt, a prominent Holocaust historian, faulted Romney for not expressing support for such a moment in 2002, when his position directing the Winter Olympics would have weighed heavily with the International Olympic Committee.

"Mitt Romney’s failure to do that was failure of character," Lipstadt told Reuters. The historian told the news agency that she supports Obama but is not connected to his campaign.

[Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea] Saul did not answer JTA’s query about Romney’s position on the moment of silence during the 2002 Olympics.

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