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Mitt Romney admits he was 'a little upset' with CNN 2012 debate moderator over Benghazi

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 08: Former Republican presidential candiate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sits ringside fro the Patrick Hyland and Javier Fortuna WBA interim featherweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Getty Images

Remember when CNN's Candy Crowley infamously jumped in to settle an intense moment during the second 2012 presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama? In that moment, she came down (mostly) on Obama's side of the matter, as to whether he had initially characterized the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as an "act of terror."

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Romney recalled his feelings about it on the "Hugh Hewitt Show" Monday. His comments as transcribed by the Washington Post:

"Well, I don’t think it’s the role of the moderator in a debate to insert themselves into the debate and to declare a winner or a loser on a particular point," Romney said. "And I must admit that, at that stage, I was getting a little upset at Candy, because in a prior setting where I was to have had the last word, she decided that Barack Obama was to get the last word despite the rules that we had." ...

Romney added: "So, she obviously thought it was her job to play a more active role in the debate than was agreed upon by the two candidates, and I thought her jumping into the interaction I was having with the president was also a mistake on her part and one I would have preferred to carry out between the two of us, because I was prepared to go after him for misrepresenting to the American people that -- the nature of the attack."

As an aside, the Post's fact-checker back in May concluded that Obama has initially referred in general to "acts of terror" when talking about the Benghazi incident. He did not use the more definitive "act of terror" or "act of terrorism."

We've requested comment from CNN.

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