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October 22nd, 2012
09:05 AM ET

VIDEO: O'Brien, Giuliani spar on Benghazi attack questions, Giuliani argues Obama Admin. 'stonewalling' on Libya

This morning on "Starting Point," Fmr. NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani weighs in on questions surrounding the circumstances of the U.S. Consulate attack in Libya.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Libya
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  1. Kathryn

    Where in the h*** did Soledad Obrien get her journalism degree?? I want to make sure my son, who would like to be a journalist one day, does not go there. CNN please take her off of the air.....horrible style and absolutely no class! There are better ways to make your point without getting visably angry and "huffing". Very unprofessional, in my opinion.

    November 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. CTSadler

    As a New Yorker, who lived under the Giuliani reign of terror, let dispel some myths:

    1) He was a terrible mayor

    2) The only reason your don't know this is because he was the mayor during 9/11

    3) He did nothing special during 9/11. He just knew where to take pictures.

    4) He's a bigger big government guy than Obama could ever be.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. A Chiles

    Is Giuliani not smart enough to understand her comment. Her question had nothing to do with George Bush. it was an example of how long it takes to get an accurate picture of an unfolding situation like the one IN Libya. It's obvious that when you want to attack the President it doesn't matter if the attack is valid. This man is obnoxious similar to Sununu, et al.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ferdinand

    how dare you call yourself a journalist.

    October 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Adam

    Why are you silent about that kind of news........the father of one of the navy seal has called some in the administration murderers......I trust you people in CNN to make this aligations come to light.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Adam

    Did you hear about the news............CIA operatives were told to stand down....when they asked permission to help the embassy .......why are you people not talking about this......I want to know more about this.........

    October 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. George

    Kudos! You asked a pertinent question. You noticed it wasn't answered. You said it wasn't answered. You persisted. Refreshing to see a journalist acting like a journalist.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Fran Combs

    Soleydada, cry baby mass media leftists. She has to say she is a "journalist". When things go away from the narrative the lefty journalist goes bats. What a baby. Soleydada whaaaa, whaaa

    October 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. bill ball

    soledad obrien should stop thinking she is a journalist and admit she is a racist supporter of o bama her comparison of the two incidents are rediculist material , terrorist have claimed credit right away and the white house is lying to cover their arses

    October 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Good Guy

    Yikes, this exchange was more heated than the #2 Presidential debate. What's with all the anger? Deep breath, everybody. It really is possible to have a discussion without getting all upset. Peace.

    October 23, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Eileen

    Obama administration pulled two security teams AWAY from Ambassador Stevens less than a month before Sept 11 2012!! Do your homework, Soledad! It is almost like Obama wanted him dead! They pull out his security, refuse his pleas for extra security, ignore pleas for rescue during the 7 hour's a little weird! And remember what Obama said about it when he knew damn well this was a lie...“That is what we saw in the last two weeks was a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. I have made it clear that the government had nothing to this video. We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them. There is no video that justifies an attack on an embassy.”

    This president just lied, plain and simple. There were survivors of the attacks who could tell all. EVERYONE involved knew it wasn't a phoney baloney video problem. Shame on you for defending this debacle!

    October 23, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Eileen

    Soledad, your hero Obamais a liar. you want transcripts? Here's your transcript. “That is what we saw in the last two weeks was a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. I have made it clear that the government had nothing to this video. We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them. There is no video that justifies an attack on an embassy.”

    You are so obnoxiously partisan and rude, it is unbelievable. Do journalism a favor and go to work for the DNC.

    October 23, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Steve

    I thought the questions to Giuliani were valid. But I want to know if you are asking your liberal guests why the administration is putting out statements that they have not confirmed are true. I can't understand why this response of "well, we just told the american people what we were told" seems to be acceptable, Ms. O'Brien. The fact of the matter is that we were given false information. That is significant and deserves more in depth questions from you.

    October 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Sarita White

    The Republicans really need to stop making Obama looking like the bad guy. Bush knew about 9/11 bombing before it did happened. Obama get the blame for Libya's bombing. Bush didn't get the blame for 9/11 bombing. This world exist around racism and close minded people who have no respect for Obama.

    October 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. turnerbird

    Great job Soledad on redirecting Giuiliani on his answers and "putting words in your mouth"! I appreciated your coming back at him when he was trying so hard to continue his spin. You took control. Nice.

    October 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Disagree. I think Soledad is getting more like Hannity, Mathews, Oberman and Linbaugh. She invites people on her sow, then talks over them, interrupts them and is just plain rude. I don't know why anyone would even bother being on her show. She needs to go over to MSNBC, she is blatantly anti conservative.

    October 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. B berg

    I thought your interview was a disgrace. Cnn chooses not to post most critical comments but your lack of objectivity, your obvious bias but even more importantly your distortion of facts was a journalistic disgrace. It is so sad we have gone from the likes of Edward r murrow to journalists like o'brian. She is in the tank for Obama and so are CNNs ratings. Good for Rudy- send o' Brian to Chicago with the rest of the Obama team. Whether he wins or loses she is a revolting example of a so called journalist.

    October 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Wolfmann

    Soledad, who told you that you are a journalist ???

    You do not make out the mail room ....................... If you wouldn't use your political connections, you wouldn't be
    in CNN. .......... Yes I know, I can change the channel ..........and so I do .

    October 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Cindy

    I saw this interview on another site. That was great! I wish more would take that stand in trying to get an answer while they are trying to twist their way out of your question. I felt you did so in a manner where your position was not on any side, just wanting an answer. and you were strong and tough about it. Now that's what I call good journalism. I don't watch a lot of CNN – especially at that time, however I'll be tuning in to check out your program tomorrow.
    Really good job!!

    October 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Gary Speed

    You did a great job interviewing Rudy Giuliani today, but the question you should ask next time is this–When you say that due to the prior attack on embassy grounds in Libya that President Obama should have known that another was about to occur, is that like when the World Trade Center was bombed and the Bush Administration did nothing (despite intelligence chatter warning of the coming attack) to prevent the attacks that destroyed both towers of the WTC on 9/11? Are you accusing Mr. Obama of the same sin that Mr. Bush committed?

    October 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Christine

      Here we go again... always making comparisons to Bush. Will you dems and liberals ever get over that. Hell, why don't we blame Bush Sr. too. And Maybe George Washington. And Abe Lincoln. You people are so blind sighted by the truth. Get over your annointed one and do what's best for your COUNTRY before it becomes run by a dictator.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nick

      So because because Bush supposedly didn't do anything to prevent the attacks that makes this one okay? Some reasoning you have. Four Americans dead for trying to protect our country and you liberals still bring up Bush. Thank God I'm an independent and I am not brainwashed or defined by party lines.

      October 27, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. America

    Way to go Soledad! You put this man in his place. It nauseates me to hear this man and many other republicans speak! The republican party has fallen off the deep end. That's too bad, because republicans do have some valid idea's, but they have gone beyond what they stand for and to think these idea's could run our country is scary to say the least. So so sad. I am sick and tired of their nonsense politics!!!!

    October 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Katy

    Obrien cuts off half this debate. She is going to melt down if this president is not re-elected. She makes Axlerod look like a pansy.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Helena Salvaggio

    Ms. Obrien,

    I just watched your interview with the former Mayor of NY. Have you gone back and watched yourself interviewing him? You wouldn't let him get out an answer before jumping in time and time again. Your job as a reporter is to present neutral sides and acurate sides of a story. I do not appreciate nor do I care what your thought are.

    The fact that the Obama Administration decided to blame the attack on a video is the issue. They knew before hand there where attacks; Amb. Stevens had asked for more security; it was 9/11 for God's sake. Why on earth this President would go to the UN and blame the attack on a video is beyond me. He should have said we are still investigating.

    If this was a Republican president, you would be reporting on this attack 24/7. Instead you guys choose to report on Big-Bird, Binders-of-Women; Romnesia. You guys are the reason 50% of people are voting again for Obama. You guys make them think everything is ok and that he has been a good president.

    How about reporting on issues that matter to the people so we can make informed decisions. Here's a good question:
    How is Romney's Massachusett's Insurance Coverage similar to Obamacare. Did it have pre-existing contions included? Will my parents who are on medicare have to pay more for Obamacare insurance. Right now, they pay nothing (we live in Florida they have Well-care). Will my family have to pay? My husband works and I stay home with the kids.

    Stick to issues we care about and not your personal opinions. Also, if you have a guest on the show and you ask them a quesions, let them answer. I actually wanted to hear what the Mayor had to stay. Since you didn't allow him, i had to conclude that you are a democrate and didn't want anyone to hear what he had to say because your #1 concern is getting Obama re-elected. CNN is going downhill. First Candy, now you....sad....

    October 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. chris

    She should get an award for pushing for the answers to the questions that were asked.I have not seen this abilitiy and talent anywhere .She will not be bullied .She gets results every day ..Bravo Soledad O'Brien

    October 22, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Judith Newman

    Soledad Obrien and Roland Martin made asses of themselves this morning when responding to Mayor Juliano over Libiiagate, and the cover up by Obama. Soledad acted like a two year old when she could not get the responses that she wanted from the Mayor. Well after watching your performance SOLADAD, my AMERiCAN husband is sending in his ballot today for GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY, we dont need to watch the debate tonight you made up our minds for us due to your biased comments infavour of the democrats. The same goes for your buddy ROLAND. Tuning ot in Canada

    October 22, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Pat Kennedy

    First of all we are registered democrats.. But cannot watch obrien as she is too unnerving with her nervous voice and nervous finger problem. We have to switch channel. In addition she is too biased for Obama. Remember we are registered democrats

    October 22, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse | Reply

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