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Thursday
Sep272012

Paul Ryan Receives First Intelligence Briefing; Romney Visits CIA Building

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has received intelligence briefings from the U.S. government, ABC News has learned.  Ryan spokesperson Michael Steel confirmed the briefing took place.

The campaign would provide no other details, such as timing.  Presidential candidates and their running mates traditionally receive classified briefings from the intelligence community in the run up to an election.

On Sept. 13, the Romney campaign announced that both Ryan and Mitt Romney would start receiving intelligence briefings.

“For the last several weeks, the Romney campaign has been in touch with the intelligence community to arrange intelligence briefings for Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan, consistent with tradition,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said at the time.

Romney received his second intelligence briefing from President Obama’s administration Thursday morning at a CIA office building at the Dulles Discovery Center in Dulles, Va. The briefing lasted about two hours.

His first came on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles.

Republicans have sought to open a line of political attack against Obama for not attending daily intelligence briefings like those instituted by former President George W. Bush.

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Thursday
Sep132012

Romney to Receive Intelligence Briefings

Scott Olson/Getty Images(MUTTONTOWN, N.Y.) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, will start receiving intelligence briefings next week, the campaign said Thursday night.

“For the last several weeks, the Romney campaign has been in touch with the intelligence community to arrange intelligence briefings for Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan, consistent with tradition,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “They will begin next week and, beyond that, we will have no further comment.”

The announcement comes after Romney officials said Wednesday that the candidate had not received intelligence briefings.

Romney has condemned the Obama administration’s handling of the Libya crisis, but he too has been criticized for issuing a statement on the incident before the White House and before all the details were known.

Romney has maintained that it is never “too early” to condemn attacks like those in Libya that left four Americans dead this week.

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