As Mitt Romney doubled down on his criticism of the Obama administration for "apologizing" in the wake of the killing of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Michigan GOP Senate nominee Pete Hoekstra is weighing on with a statement saying it's "time to stop apologizing for our values and our freedoms."
"It is an American tragedy that we lost these American lives," said Hoekstra. "The explanation on Egypt and Libya is wrong. It is not the movie that caused the attacks. It is time to stop apologizing for our values and our freedoms. These were planned brutal terrorist attacks marking the anniversary of the attacks on 9/11."
Hoekstra appears to be the first Senate candidate to allude to the Romney comments in a reaction to the attacks. Other GOP leaders this morning haven't joined Romney in attacking the Administration in their responses.
Hoekstra served as chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence when he was in Congress, and has criticized Obama's Libya policy before. He is challenging Sen. Debbie Stabenow, and faces an uphill climb.