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Right Turn
Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/14/2012

Morning Bits

Thanks, Joe. “Newt Gingrich Bulldozes Democratic Libya Spin on CBS.”

Thanks, Joe. “ ‘This administration is caught in a lot of different explanations,’ said [David] Gregory. ‘The buck stops with the White House and the president on these matters.’ Gregory said that ABC News’ Martha Raddatz asked Biden a direct question on the matter of requests for more security at the Benghazi consulate and she did not receive a direct answer. ‘They’re just sowing more confusion about this rather than resolving the issue, which is creating more of an issue,’ Gregory concluded.”

Thanks, Joe. “The Obama administration’s handling of the Libya attack has opened up a new front in the presidential campaign just weeks before Election Day, as Republicans seize on it to question the president’s performance as commander in chief. The dispute over the episode escalated after Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said during the debate on Thursday night that ‘we weren’t told’ that Americans on the ground wanted security bolstered, despite testimony that requests were made to and turned down by the administration. Mitt Romney’s campaign on Friday accused the vice president of trying ‘to mislead the American public.’”

Thanks, Joe. From the Republican Senate Policy Committee on Biden’s boasts amount implementing the most crippling sanctions ever. “On December 11, 2009, the Obama Administration wrote to Congress to oppose the Iran sanctions bill making its way through Congress at that time. On December 1, 2011, the Obama Administration wrote to Congress to express its ‘strong opposition’ to legislation sanctioning the Central Bank of Iran, one of the hallmarks of crippling sanctions. President Obama was essentially forced to sign these bills into law when they passed both Houses of Congress with veto-proof majorities; his Administration went on to implement them meekly.”

Thanks, Joe. Jay Carney mumbles and stumbles through a press conference trying to evade responsibility for the Benghazi tragedy. Pathetic.

Thanks, Joe. “Biden had a heavy burden going into Thursday’s vice presidential debate. The left was outraged at Obama’s failure. It was up to the vice president to calm their fears and regain their enthusiasm. His clownish and angry performance was catnip to the Democratic base. But he also ran the risk of alienating independents and swing voters who are distressed at the economic condition of the country and are looking for specific solutions to the twin crises of jobs and deficits. For Biden’s performance, like Obama’s, was grounded in the idea that Republicans like Romney and Ryan are monsters—an idea that could not withstand examination in the light of Ryan’s strong, reasoned, confident showing.”

Thanks, Joe. The VP threw the State Department under the bus. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds: “There is nobody in the Administration motivated by anything other than trying to understand what happened. And we are doing all we can to prevent it from ever happening again — anywhere. And of course, we are, as a government, doing what it takes to track down those who were responsible. To this day — to this day, we do not have a complete picture. We do not have all the answers. No one in this Administration has ever claimed otherwise. Every one of us has made clear that we are providing the best information we have at that time. And that information continues to be updated. It also continues to be put into context and more deeply understood through the process we are engaged in. Ambassador Rice had the same information from the intelligence community as every other senior official did.” But that’s just not true.

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