Mitt Romney said in the debate that President Obama was “silent” about Iranian repression during the failed “Green Revolution” in 2009, a charge that Obama quickly disputed.
At a White House news conference in June 2009, Obama was asked whether he had a message for “people who are on the streets protesting, who believe their votes were stolen and who are being attacked violently?”
Obama replied that Iranians must make decisions about their leaders, and “want to avoid the United States being the issue inside Iran.” He added that he was “deeply troubled” by the violence.
“I think that the democratic process -- free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent -- all those are universal values and need to be respected. And whenever I see violence perpetrated on people who are peacefully dissenting, and whenever the American people see that, I think they're, rightfully, troubled.”