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September 13th, 2012
01:29 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Dan Rather on Romney and Obama's reaction to the unrest in Libya and Egypt; Robin Wright on Ambassador Chris Stevens

On Wednesday, Wolf Blitzer returned to the program as guest host, amidst the current unrest in the Middle East. Journalist Dan Rather joined Blitzer and weighed in on the reaction to the crisis from Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama:

"My personal opinion is this was a mistake by Governor Romney," said Rather regarding the presidential candidate's attack on the president's handling of the situation.

"Not that long ago, Wolf," continued Rather, "it was considered by both parties that when you had a situation like this, you didn't criticize, at least not immediately, the president, whether he was Democratic or Republican, whomever was in charge."

The anchor of "Dan Rather Reports," also criticized President Obama's decision to continue his campaign schedule at an event in Las Vegas Wednesday. "It may very well be a mistake by President Obama to continue campaigning," said Rather. "This is serious what's happening in the Middle East, and it will have serious consequences and reverberation for quite some time to come. Particularly in the case of Egypt."

Author Robin Wright also joined Blitzer and shared her feelings on the death of her friend J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed in the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. "He was a wonderful man who had a sense of the streets as well as the elites," said Wright.

"Despite the security restrictions that limit so many diplomats, he was always willing to go out. And he saw Libya through three - all three transition phases. Two years under Moammar Gadhafi, then as the liaison chief in Benghazi for a year and then as ambassador to Tripoli."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Wright talks about how Stevens would have wanted his killers brought to justice.
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    You sure stretch the truth there Wolf .O.K you attended a jewish fraternity this is not an attack on the Jewish faith just insit to a news anchor who stated Rather also said it was wrong to campain in NV.;sorry he said it might might not have been the best choice all you did was glare at him and continue with your one sided question Do you think he should have been campaigning tell me Wolf why isn't Ted Nudgent in jail for his remarks on where he would be if obama was reelected good bye closet GOP Go have a tea with Romney clueless about everything duh what HAPPENED TO AMERICAN MOTORS EH.

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    The press/media is not doing it's job.
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    Also, Amb. Stevens was missing for over 6 hours......while the president SLEPT!
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