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October 11th, 2012
03:34 PM ET

Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the initial intell on the U.S. Embassy attack in Libya

Exactly 24 hours prior to the vice presidential debate, on Wednesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited high-ranking members from each campaign to share their perspectives, and offer insight, into the state of the race for the White House.

Joining via satellite, Debbie Wasserman Schultz addressed the recent criticism of the Obama administration in regards to the handling of intelligence and information about the U.S. Embassy attack in Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

A rather heated discussion ensued between Morgan and the chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention when Morgan suggested that "Ambassador Rice and others made public statements which were deliberately misleading," in telling the public that the attack was a result of an inflammatory video offending Muslims and the Islamic faith.

"I can't even believe that you would suggest that Ambassador Rice would make deliberately misleading statements," replied an incredulous Wasserman Schultz. "Piers, it is not, it is not OK for you to be saying that the administration was putting out completely false statements."

"Because these investigations are complicated and detailed and rather than say absolutely nothing, rather than - you know, than not give information to the American people, Ambassador Rice went out and talked about what they believed to be happening at the time with the information on - from the intelligence community that she had," said Wasserman Schultz.

"But it is irresponsible and Un-American, quite frankly, for my colleagues, my Republican colleagues in Congress to be jumping on this immediately as some political opportunity."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, to see Wasserman Schultz's reaction when Morgan tells the DNC chair that she is "flogging the wrong dead horse."
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  1. Tracey

    Gee, Piers really interrupted this woman. Why bother asking her any questions if your just gonna jump in the middle without letting her finish? It appears very rude and very aggressive. It is also uncomfortable to watch.

    October 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      It sounds like you are talking about Joe Biden's performance in the VP debate!

      October 12, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. mike see

    Piers, I like you, but you are demonstrably, being a complete Murdoch Ass, in regard to your interview with DWS!
    911 – ring a bell? Blind eye and all that..

    October 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. John

    The interview with Debbie was so out of his league. The woman was giving an honest answer. If anone remembers, they were rioting all over that region at the time, because of that film... Sometimes Piers you are just plain stupid, non-respectful. Not to mention, you are no Larry King. Just tasteless, and always what "you" think. Have a nice cup of shut the hell up, and just ask the question. No one cares what you think... You weren't so quick to share what your thoughts to that court in the UK, when they wanted to know if you had permission to phone tap... Sorry but a guy like you has no business in that chair...

    October 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. lawyersurf

    great job confronting the fillibuster effort by DWS. She always flogs the wrong horse. Those of you who saw the interview and/or followed the reports with an objective mind are keenly aware that the administration got caught in a deliberate cover up. The rest of you must be a bunch of blind sheep!

    October 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Kelly

      The desperate coverup you refer to is tha 500Million cut from the State Department budget by republicans the last two years. This money was to be used for embassey protection. The other coverup is the insane response by Romney which was not correct and actually was stupid. It also caused due focusing at a critical moment. Why piers,didn't you ask Priesbus about Romney's stupid response that outshines everything else. Obama's comment about Romney Firing before aiming and hitting absolutely nothing fits the bill.

      October 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Karen

        how does any of this excuse the lies? One man, that made a movie, in this country of "free speech" now has several death threats because of these lies. Explain the lying. I don't generally like piers, I've too often seen him in the pockets of the democrats but he got this one right!

        October 12, 2012 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Annie

        We need to get our facts right.

        October 12, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
      • lawyersurf

        You have your facts wrong. The budget reduction was about half that amount and the vote on that reduction was supported equally by Democrat members of the house.

        October 12, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. lawyersurf

    Perhaps the Obama administration should have used that excuse for their incompetence, instead of fabricating a myth about a year old video. The bottom line is that the State department had significant notice that something was llikely to happen and they did nothing.Then during the evening that it went down, they had live accounts that confirmed that there was no demonstration outside the compound, but for the next week, they continued with the coverup. I never thought that I would say that a democratic administration would exceed Richard Nixon's administration when it comes to dishonesty.

    October 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Griff.

    "Wherever there a fight, you need him, don't you!? Young Lefty, aka Slugger. Ryan was just fantastic tonight. Talk about a brawl? He had Bidon spitting out his gum-shield most of the time."

    October 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Wake up !

    This was not a bar room braw. It was an debate, not about Rambo throwing punches. It's not about Religion, or the party you belong to. It's about America. I am from the swing State & an independent.
    It was obvious one person talked from experience the other from his bees wax with out facts.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. John Kelly

    The thing you republicans should do is wait until the FBI and The State Department complete their investigations. The house republicans cut $500 Million from the State Department Budget over 2 years. So, maybe we should blame the tea party. The only lies I heard were from Mr. Typical Romney who made an absolute fool of himself by commenting before he knew anything and made more confusion out of the problem. Romney did the same kind of thing that he did in England-embarrass the U.S. to all of the English. Brezinski hit the nail on the head with his comments on Morning Joe when he said that it was a confusion problem. In addition, the intelligence community accepted the blame for mis-communicating on the problem.
    I ha e but one major question. Where were you people when Bush/Cheney/Rice/Rumsfeld invaded illegally IRAQ based on their impossible lies. Do you realize that one phone call to any Israeli or American physicist would have debunked the republican claim of WMD in Iraq. You can't build a nuclear bomb by candlelight.the same goes for Iran

    October 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jay

      You ad hominem attacks are as grotesque as your utter disregard for facts. Iraq was not illegally invaded. It was actually legally invaded regardless of whether you feel Congresses basis for justification was right or wrong. Iraq was not a candlelit nation, so perhaps this was a usage of hyperbole on your part, which it seems your entire post consists of. WMD, by definition, is not a nuclear term solely. There are many forms of WMD that do not include nuclear warheads. The problem in fact was Saddam had in possession extremely lethal forms of gas and the means to use them. (Please refer to the Halabja Poison Attacks on March 16, 1988 when Hussein destroyed the lives of 10-15,000 Kurds.) At this point anyone reading John Kelly's posts should do so with both eyes wide open, as he is both misleading and inaccurate.

      October 13, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Commander Zero is a Putz

    The greatest foreign policy for the Muslim world is to allow them to kill each other without intervening.
    Our policy with regard to Syria should be exported to Iran, as well.

    Eliminating one Hussein will never be enough. There's plenty of desert to bury Allah's swine; polluting
    open waters by dumping their carcass should rankle environmentalists.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Dante

    Piers, good job interviewing Debbie Waserman. I was shocked to see a Liberal on CNN asking the hard questions to anyone in the Obama clan. Surprising as it was, I was glad to see it. Finally.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Harold

    As a Canadian who loves the US and has taken a deep interest in US politics and the economical success of the US, I have a question.

    Why doesn’t someone ask Mitt Romney if he would commit to moving his off-shore accounts back into a US bank?

    I would like to ask Candy Crowley to ask both candidates if they would commit to making millionaires and billionaires return their big off-shore accounts to the US, so that the money can help the US economy, and the taxes that they are avoiding paying could be helpful to the economy. How could a candidate for President claim to love the US and yet put their accounts off-shore? I can’t find a way to contact Ms. Crowley.
    Will you please help?

    Thank you.

    October 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. evan

    do liars have dry mouths? how many times did Ryan take a drink? many times..he had the smirk on his face..same as Romney always does....Ryan's wife just inherited 5 million dollars from her Mom ....

    October 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. John Kelly

    I just got done watching a segment of ErinBurnett. She had on some security and intel person from the Bush administration. Anybody that thinks that CNN is going more liberal really should watch the airhead Burnett.remember,the Bush/Cheney people lied to all Americans about WMD in Iraq this republican on her show complaining about Bengazi. This from someone that totally messed up Iraq and Afganistan. This of course also is one of those people that either missed or as Bush did ,totally ignored all warnings about 9/11.

    October 13, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. The queen

    Congratulations Pierce; you are about the only one at CNN, unlike Erin Burnett, Soledad, and Anderson Cooper, who really wants to get to the truth of things. I don't know if you will still have a job after this interview; I don't think liberals enjoy people to just want to get to the truth....but JOB WELL DONE!!! I admire you and your boldness to go beyond the "flow" of CNN to get someone like Wasserman (which in my opinion is just a plain old liar) to tell the truth about an issue that already has come out that the administration was lying and frankly I believe the administration just really does not have USA's welfare in their actions. THANK YOU.

    October 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jack C Barksdale

    what is your problem /do you believe in socialism ?are you a liar just to win this election no matter if your actions will destroy our country ! I doubt that you will answer this question honestly! please try and convince me how your plan won 't plunge us into world war 3.Obama has no plan or record to run on. if you believe that the Democrats have the answer to our problems at home and abroad please try to explain yourself without out right lying to the American people without right telling no truths.your only good qualities do not even help a guy like me to believe there is a chance to survive your views for the saving our country. you are a boarder line communist,And should leave our country for good. i say this because you are not good for the to become what it was.please give it up for the United States of America! You are an absolutely not good for our country to be what we can be.A leader in the world to protect the human rights, and economic leader!!!!!!!!!! please do us all a favor and leave the country for our own safety and stability.


    Jack C. Barksdale Jr.

    P.S. I have to admit that you are a very brilliant female politician I just wish you were on American republicans side!

    October 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jack C Barksdale Jr.

      Please respond to my letter if you have the guts to do so.

      Possibly RESPECTFULLY,
      Jack C Barksdale

      October 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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