On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte to respond to the comments made by Barack Obama, as the president used his White House press conference to defend U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and her role in reporting intelligence updates following the Benghazi attacks.
Earlier in the day, as part of his first formal news briefing since re-election, Obama reprimanded GOP senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain for speaking out against the ambassador, calling their comments "outrageous."
Speaking live with Piers Morgan, Ayotte favored the line of thinking endorsed by her fellow GOP colleagues:
"I think it begs the question," she said, "why would you go on every major Sunday show, because you have to affirmatively put yourself out there, if you had nothing to do with it? You know you have a certain responsibility, you have to be able to tell the American people the truth."
Also as part of Wednesday's program, Morgan invited General Mark Kimmitt to offer his perspective on the evolving David Petraeus scandal. A friend of Petraeus for more than 25 years, Kimmitt felt that Petraeus' choice to resign from the CIA was for "ethical and moral leadership" reasons within a "volunteer army."
"We have not a conscript, not a draft army but an all-volunteer army," explained the former assistant secretary of state in political and military affairs. "They're looking for direction and they're looking for example. And in a volunteer army, when that is broken, when that trust and competence between the leader and led is broken, you've got to step down."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Kimmitt went on to explain why he thinks Petraeus still has a "tremendous amount to offer the United States of America."
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