With the situation in Libya expected to affect the 2012 election campaigns, several presumed presidential hopefuls got a head start on pushing for U.S. involvement.
Expected candidate Mitt Romney slammed U.S. response to the crisis, describing President Barack Obama and his administration as "deer in the headlights." Tim Pawlenty saved his harshest words for Moammar Gaddafi, deeming the embattled Libyan leader a "sociopathic killer."
Sarah Palin went even further, noting that the U.S. "should have said [to] Gaddafi, 'If you touch a hair on one American citizen's head, we're going to hit you. We're going to hit you hard. And you're not going to be left standing.'"
View potential 2012 presidential candidates and their Libya responses here: