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November 15th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Kelly Ayotte on Ambassador Susan Rice and Benghazi; General Mark Kimmitt on Petraeus' resignation

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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  1. Bob Bergstrom

    Piers does a pretty good job of being fair and asking tough questions. Now is not the time to change since it is apparent that the administration tried to paint a different picture on what happened on the Embassy attack . Obama, Clinton and Rice for some time after stated live on T.V. that it was a spontaneous mob attack when they had to know better. Stay on this Piers. It is far more serious then Watergate, or Clinton's escapades.

    November 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. \john kelly

    why are republicans trying to make such an issue out of what Susan Rice said on Tv? it's obviouse to me that the republican produced Coptic film led to the Egypt embassey demonstration which Romney showed his true stupid colors on. BOMB-BOMB MCCAIN and LINSEED GRAHAM plus this AYOTTE PERSON should be concentrating on the people that caused this Benghazi attack. Susan Rice has certainly done a superior job at the UN especially compared to that idoit Bolton. The last I heard theFBI was investigating the Benghazi attack and hopefully it will include looking into republican involvement in the production of the Coptic film especially who paid for it.

    November 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. john Kelly

    maybe it's time for a republican conspiracy. namely, perhaps the republicans paid for the Coptic film to be made in time for the election process and then had it translated into Arabic and released into the Middle East. This then caused the Egyptian embassy demonstration which ROMNEY HAD A PREPARED RESPONSE FOR. it backfired, however, by leading to the Benghazi attack because the terrorists were looking for a cover for the attack.

    November 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. John Kelly

    It never ceases to amaze me that republicans including AYOTTE and Bomb-Bomb as well as Linseed Graham never mention that House republicans forced a reduction of budget requests for Embassy security and what that had to do with the lack of Mission security.

    November 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chhota

      Sad that the silent mrtiaojy is allowing our government to erode our freedoms. Evil can only prevail when good people do nothing. I post articles like this often, I get blacklisted for doing it. It is unbelievable how our younger generation is brainwashed into believing that this administration is for the people . Let me also say that it doesn't make much difference which side of the political isle one is on, politicians say what they think will get them elected and once in office, they turn against them American public in pursuit of their own personal gain. I happen to believe that the better of the two evils is the conservative view. On the other hand conservative is not what it used to be. Thanks for standing up and speaking your convictions! We need more press on these subjects!

      December 17, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Pablo Schwartz

    .. word on the street is that confederates of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq terror cult and operatives for terrorist media financier Alwaleed bin Talal will be meeting in the City of New York, Monday Dec. 3rd 2012 @ 7 pm.
    Where? 768 5th Ave. Why? to plot destruction, naturally. We have been unable to determine what code-phrase will be used to gain admission to the Plotters' Ball. "Dan Quayle's brain" is rather too obvious. "Midge Decter's penis" perhaps?

    (will Kelly Ayotte be there?)

    November 20, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. RocqueNRoll

    First, Post Rice/CIA meeting Republicans are still pouting. Piers have Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte on and get a list of answers/infomation they still want. Take the list and invite the other side to come on the show and respond to the list. Lets get this done.

    Second, covert operations methods and means! Let's face it, the CIA may have had a covert operation going on in Benghazi to gather information in the area that they did not want exposed immediately. The CIA's initial action was to try and buy time until they could identify the fall out from the info going public e.g. security of local assets. How much of this do you own up to in local news?

    Three, Rice may be Republican payback for Bolton and a way to keepMcCain relevant. Their situations and experience are not equivocal. This and fighting the change in filibuster rules are a great way to start working together.

    Four, yes Republicans reduced the budget for embassy security but this was a diplomatic mission in a changing security situation to begin with. The cuts are said not to have mattered here.

    Fifth, the chaos started in Egypt with demonstrations against the film. Wouldn't we all have thought, given the timing, that this was a spill over from Egypt. Yes, there was communication saying xyz did it, but historically, terrorists groups claim responsibility for things they did not do. Isn't it better safe than sorry which in this case has blown up.

    November 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john kelly

      i still think that republicans need to get over it and start being concerned about thebterrorists and not SUSAN RICE. these white haired dirty old men and now this Cayotte person need to get a life.susan Rice did not carry a mortar and fire it at thebconsulate.chicken hawks GRAHAM AND MCCAIN need to retire. cayotte needs to go back to being a home person.

      November 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. john kelly

    well Ayotte let the cat out of the bag today by calling the Genghazi Mission an Embassey and saying El Queda led thebattack. was Ayotte on PAYOTTE?

    November 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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