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October 17th, 2012
08:15 AM ET

VIDEO: Soledad O'Brien and Romney advisor John Sununu spar in post-debate analysis on Libya, coal, taxes, guns

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Soledad & Romney Advisor John Sununu sparred on topics ranging from the U.S. Consulate attacks in Libya to Mitt Romney's claims on coal, taxes and guns. And in the end, despite the fiery conversation, the discussion was ended amicably. Check out the video links below for more.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Libya • Taxes
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  1. Kenneth MacKenzie, Plaintiff Pro Se, U.S. Supreme Ct. 08-9595,


    20 Oct 2009
    From: Kenneth MacKenzie, Plaintiff Pro Se, U.S. Supreme Ct. 08-9595, : SEE: ;or:
    Ladies & Gentlemen:
    It bears repeating that it is most urgent and appropriate to cite that the identities of several Terrorists who murdered U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and several U.S. Defense Contractors and two U.S. Navy Seals were previously photo-identified in the U.S. Satellite and Drone data bases over Iraq and Libya, but concealed from the several U.S. Crime data bases by the U.S. Justice , US State, and US DoD, also concealed from Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
    The confused lack of security training and general lack of security experience by arrogant higher-up bureaucrats in the State Department ignoring the truth that Terrorists will attack at any opportunity, did criminally cost the lives of Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. Victims of the Terrorist attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. These failures were likely caused by U.S. Bureaucrats and officials who have lived "sheltered lives" with no experience in U.S. Security or U.S. Military Service that would enable them to recognize the life threats that Ambassador Stevens reminded them of, time after time.
    It is evident that Deputy Secretary Charlene R. Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State was a key figure in the "Negligent Denial" of security protection and dynamics that cost the lives of too many worthy Americans. Deputy Secretary Charlene R. Lamb's "Incompetent Negligence" went beyond "Negligence" to "Henious Negligence" because her tragic security denial wrong doing did cost the lives of so many good people.
    PREFACE: it is of interest to note: Charlene R. Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs at the U.S. Department of State did not mention (therefore, concealed by “omission”) on October 10, 2012 in Washington, DC , that a U.S. Intelligence Satellite was taking photos of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens every five seconds while he was attacked by al Queda at U.S. Consulate, Benghazi, Libya, U.S. DoD, (Satellite photograph Grid coordinates 32 07 N 20 04 E.)
    U.S. Intelligence photo Satellites were recording a photo every five seconds, before, during, and after the murder of U.S. Ambassador Stevens in the same manner as U.S. Satellites and Drones recorded the torture murders of PFC Kristian Menchaca and PFC Thomas Tucker while they were slaughtered by al Queda member Double Agents s of the "U.S. SALARIED AWAKENING MOVEMENT" at Yosifiya, Iraq, Satellite Grid Coordinates :Latitude. 33.1505556°, Longitude. 44.0638889°, 16 to 19 June 2006. Said U.S. Executive Branch Secretaries and their "Henchmen" did not want it know how mispent U.S. money was criminally mis-spent to support atrocities against U.S. Soldiers. Such wrongdoing would be most certainly condemned by the American people if they knew.
    In the torture murders of PFC Kristian Menchaca & PFC Thomas Tucker, it is certain there were present U.S. salaried “Awakening Movement al Queda and al Shura Terrorists ,” comprised of "volunteer Libyans many from the Benghazi area of Libya, whose identities could be matched against the U.S. Sinjar photos held at U.S. MA, West Point, identifying terrorists who participated in said torture deaths of PFC Kristian Menchaca & PFC Thomas Tucker, as it was a well-known public fact that “Double Agent” al Queda and al Shura Terrorists were members of the U.S. salaried “Awakening Movement” posing as Sunni Muslim members of said “Awakening Movement" wide-spread throughout Iraq.
    Said U.S. Satellite & Drone Photos were manipulated by the U.S. State Department, U.S. Justice Department, and U.S. DoD, in such a manner as to be “not presented to the court,” and not recorded in the several Crime Information U.S. Data Bases at the (1) U.S. N C I C Crime data bases, (2) U.S. Department of State Terrorist Crime data bases; (3) U.S. Department of Justice Terrorist Crime data bases,” (4) U.S. Department of Defense (M.I.) Terrorist Crime data bases,” (5) U.K. Department of State Terrorist Crime data bases,” (6) France (NATO) Department of State Terrorist Crime data bases,” (7) EUROPOL Terrorist Crime data bases,” (8) INTERPOL Terrorist Crime data bases,” (9) Germany (NATO) Terrorist Crime data bases,” (10) Italy (NATO) Terrorist Crime data bases
    "Two former Navy SEALs who were among four Americans killed last week in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, died after rushing to the aid of their colleagues, according to sources familiar with the incident.
    Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were in Benghazi as part of a security contractor force.
    On September 11, they were ensconced in the safety of an annex location in another part of the city when they got word that the main consulate building was under fire and the diplomats there – with an armed force of only nine people – were overwhelmed by the deteriorating situation.
    Doherty and Woods, along with other security personnel, left the secure annex and made their way to the chaotic scene, rounding up the consulate staffs who were under attack and guiding them back to the second safe building."
    Deputy Secretary Charlene R. Lamb did not mention (therefore, …she “concealed by omission”) these easily recovered U.S. Intelligence Satellite photos that could be matched against the U.S. Sinjar photos held at U.S. MA, West Point and in the other KH 11 & KH 12 Satellite photo data bases over Iraq and Libya.
    Was Deputy Assistant Secretary Lamb or her counterpart also likely involved in the concealment of Satellite & Drone photo evidence at Benghazi, Libya? Ambassador Stevens paid with his life as a result of said concealments.
    It is obvious that the U.S. State Department, that the U.S. Justice Department, and U.S. Defense Department do not want it known that Libyan Terrorist al Queda members of the "U.S. SALARIED AWAKENING MOVEMENT" had returned from Iraq to Benghazi, Libya where they resumed Terrorist operations and were Satellite photographed before, during, and after they killed Ambassador Stevens.
    It is also obvious that said U.S. Executive Branch departments want to silence information and suppress consideration that U.S. money was paid to the Libyan Terrorists in the "U.S. SALARIED AWAKENING MOVEMENT" of Iraq and that members of the "U.S. SALARIED AWAKENING MOVEMENT" murdered U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens while they were salaried with U.S. provided money in Libya .
    Said U.S. Executive Branch departments want to silence information and suppress consideration that U.S. money was paid to the Libyan Terrorists in the "U.S. SALARIED AWAKENING MOVEMENT" for essentially the same reasons why said U.S. Executive Branch departments wanted to silence information and suppress consideration that U.S. money was paid to the al Queda members of "U.S. SALARIED AWAKENING MOVEMENT" while U.S. Satellites and Drones recorded the torture murders of PFC Kristian Menchaca and PFC Thomas Tucker as they were slaughtered by al Queda member Double Agents s of the "U.S. SALARIED AWAKENING MOVEMENT" at Yosifiya, Iraq, Satellite Grid Coordinates :Latitude. 33.1505556°, Longitude. 44.0638889°, 16 to 19 June 2006.
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    REGARDING: TRIAL HEADED BY JUDGE MUNTHER RAOUF HAADI IN THE CENTRAL, CRIMINAL COURT OF IRAQ with guilty verdict issued against the Terrorist Insurgent , (1), Ibrahim Al-Qaraghuli, during 18 October 2008 for torture murders of PFC Kristian Menchaca & PFC Thomas Tucker.
    … U.S. Col. Rafael Lara and the U.S. Task Force Lara headed and U.S. ATTORNEY GNL. HOLDER & Secretary of State Clinton operated CRIMINAL “EVIDENCE COVER-UP” of (1) Satellite photographs and (2) CIA photos of CIA operated and paid enlistment of Sunni Muslims into the U.S. Created “Awakening” movement : : U.S. CIA AGENT PAID “IRAQI ‘AWAKENING’ AGENTS” TORTURE MURDERED CAPTURED US SOLDIERS, PFC KRISTIAN MENCHACA & PFC THOMAS TUCKER, 2006, IN SATELLITE PHOTOS. The identification of the U.S. paid “Iraqi ‘Awakening’ Agents” in said Satellite Photos can be made by comparing CIA photo Records of its own data base of CIA operated and CIA paid enlistment of Sunni Muslims into the U.S. Created “Awakening” movement." SEE:
    …This astounding condition was concealed prior to and during trial of (1), Ibrahim Al-Qaraghuli & (2) Kazim Al-Zowba’i & (3) Walid Al-Kartani headed by Judge Munther Raouf Haadi in The Central, Criminal Court of Iraq with guilty verdict issued against the Terrorist Insurgent , (1), Ibrahim Al-Qaraghuli, during 18 October 2008. (2) Kazim Al-Zowba’i & (3) Walid Al-Kartani were released as Iraq had no science available to process DNA collected against (2) Kazim Al-Zowba’i & (3) Walid Al-Kartani.
    …The U.S. Task Force headed by U.S. Col Rafael Lara representing the United States and advised with oversight involvement by U.S. Attorney General Erik Holder did not make evidence available that would show that (1), Ibrahim Al-Qaraghuli & (2) Kazim Al-Zowba’i & (3) Walid Al-Kartani were members of “U.S.-CIA-paid-Iraqi-’Awakening’-Agent-Terrorists” of al Queda / al Shura . SEE:
    …Moreover,“U.S.-CIA-paid-Iraqi-’Awakening’ -Agent-Terrorists” of al Queda / al Shura were Satellite photographed as torturing to death U.S.A. PFC Kristian Menchaca & U.S.A. PFC Thomas Tucker “AND” this evidence, in a corrupt effort at concealment, was not presented by U.S. Col. Rafael Lara and the U.S. Task Force he headed and U.S. ATTORNEY GNL. HOLDER & Secretary of State Clinton to Judge Munther Raouf Haadi in The Central, Criminal Court of Iraq on or before 18 Oct 2008 when he issued what amounts to a “U.S.-GOVERNMENT-CONCEALED-EVIDENCE-’TAINTED’-VERDICT.”
    Charlene R. Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs at the U.S. Department of State, testifies on Capitol Hill as a diagram of the U.S. compound in Benghazi is displayed behind her on October 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. The hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee focused on the security situation in Benghazi leading up to the September 11 attack that resulted in the assassination of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. (Credit: Getty Images)
    During Wednesday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) questioned Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Programs Charlene Lamb about her apparent refusal to call the people who attacked the U.S. Consulate in Libya and killed four Americans “terrorists.”
    “You Miss Lamb…have described these attackers in a number of ways but you don’t mention terrorist at all. Why is that? I mean the compound had been attacked once before and breached,” Burton said. “And these people had all these weapons; projectiles, grenades, all kinds of weapons. Why would you call this anything other than a terrorist attack? And why do you call them attackers?”
    “I have just presented the facts as they have come across. I am not making any judgements on my own and I am leaving that to others,” Lamb replied, completely avoiding the question.
    Kenneth MacKenzie

    October 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Fred Hofer

    With banks paying astounding interest rates of less than 2%, a person would have to be a billionaire to save enough to buy a soft drink! Great plan Mitt!

    October 19, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. jeannie

    Why ANYONE, particularly Soledad would give this senile crumudgeon a platform – I don't understand it. It simply does not make sense. He is a bitter old fool who stuck in the 50's. DON'T give him the platform to spit out his nonsense. It is that simple. I for one, simply changed my channel this last time. I want serious news NOT hatred and nonsense.

    October 19, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Dan Webster

    A question for ALL of the CNN news personal .... why has nothing about the exposé on the cover of The Nation magazine called "Mitt Romney’s Bailout Bonanza: How He Made Millions from the Rescue of Detroit. " not made it to the newsroom ? This is certainly something that SHOULD be newsworthy!!!

    October 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Barack hussein

    Soledad is an embarrassment to CNN. She belongs on MSNBC. Anchors like her, and debate moderator performances like Crowley's, speak volumes why CNN is now a third rate cable news outlet.

    October 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. lathebiosas

    What's the point? I would call an attack on an embassy due to a video an act of terror anyway. And might I add if I had a binder of women Soledad would be very near the front.

    October 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. massms

    O'Brien is full of herself.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bobby Digital

    Soledad is a liar and it's really ashame that CNN allows this crap to continue, you are intentionally deceiving Americans to play up to the president and cover his mistakes. Everybody on CNN has the same talking points which should make any logical thinking person think that they aren't telling the entire truth. I watched the entire video of President Obama at the rose garden he did NOT say the Libya attack was an act of terror he was referring to terrorism in general and 9/11. I saw the video of UN Ambassador Susan Rice who said multiple times on TV shows that this attack was from a damn youtube video. CNN is pathetic no wonder this country is 15 trillion in debt, no wonder no one has the balls to tell the truth anymore and own up to their own mistakes... If President Obama made a mistake so what admit it, get past it and move on...but he didn't do that as the media continues to cover up for him.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. David Iganov

    I support Barack Obama, but John Sununu is by far the best Romney surrogate. I respect that man for his intellect.

    October 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Dave M

    Get real folks, Obama and his UN ambassador went on National TV and the United Nations and said the attack was the result of protests due to that film. This was days and more than a week later when they knew it was a terrorist attack. Reason for the cover up is simple. Staff at the embassy had asked for more security and were denied. Obama had stated that he had wiped out the terrorists which is obviously wrong. Can't make the president look bad can we!!!

    October 18, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Katy

    Soledad is trying to cloud the issue further. Intelligence watched the attack on video, they knew it was a Terrorist Attack (that night). A few weeks out of an election the White House panicked and attempted to stall the real facts coming out. Yes, Romney got caught up in confusion over the general mention by Obama of "acts of terrorism." But Obama never called this assault on our embassy a Terrorist Attack (until several weeks later). He repeatedly apologized and attacked our freedom of speech and a little known film. Publicizing it, increasing its viewership. Soledad knows this full well. The president has been universally criticized and even accused of a cover-up. She should be ashamed as a journalist.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Larry

    Soledad is so in the tank for Obama. You can actually see her tensing up trying to defend the administration. Journalism is dead at CNN.

    October 18, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Tim Z

    CNN junkie, watch your program everyday, but disappointed in your coverage of binders of women today. Could you please look into the binders of women comment that Mitt Romney made during the last debate. I saw a segment of Anderson360 that states he and his competitor were given the same binders before the election, and he did not search or ask for it... Also that although he started the term with over 40% women in his cabinet, he ended with only around 20%. His comments ranged from extremely misleading to outright lies. Thank you very much for looking into this.

    October 18, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jeff

    CNN's reporting of the terror comment is inaccurate. Soledad is hopelessly bias and not a serious reporter. I do believe Candy tried to backtrack effectively saying it was murkier than one might extract from the short blurbs in the debate. Anderson Cooper also picked up on the point that evening.
    Let me first start by saying that I do not particularly have a problem with politicians being careful with their words. I expect that. The point here is that one might be lead to believe by watching CNN that the facts are he called it an act of terror when that is not a fact.
    If you look at the transcript, The president had multiple opportunities early in his speech to call the embassy attack "an act of terror'. He did not. The earliest statement was, “four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi." No "terror" there. He next referred to it as "outrageous and shocking attack". He continued with phrases like " to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people," " this type of senseless violence," "reject these brutal acts," "fought back against the attackers," Key here is in speaking specifically he uses "attack" rather than "terror" and "attackers' rather than "terrorist". One could parse words further and be critical of referring to it as senseless violence when in fact terrorist do not see their attacks as senseless, it is conscious and highly motivated.
    Next in the English language we often clarify that we are moving on from one point to another by using terms like "first.." and continuing with the first point and then "second.." and continuing on with the second point. The Transcript points to him using the term "Yesterday". He says "Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks". He uses "Of course" to show that he is shifting topics and speaking about the related event. Through the next paragraph he interjects one specific comment about Benghazi once again using just the word "attack". But the broad stroking statement is about 911 as well as the resolve and contribution of Americans. He completes this section of the speech with the sentence, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.” This is a very general statement about terror. His next statement is “Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.” Again, he signifies that he said “yesterday” before and now is saying “today” to shift his topic again. He did not say four more terrorist victims, just “Americans”. Then uses the phrases “justice” opening up the police action versus war on terror discussion and once again uses the word “act” without the word “terror”.
    No unbiased and competent analysis of this speech would ever point to the president clearly stating that this was an act of terror. There would have been opportunities to be clear if the president wanted to be. He chose not to be clear. That was also clear in the next two weeks. Whether the president is just being cautious or politically motivated is another discussion. The fact is CNN would is either gullible in reducing this to a fact checking statement or just bias in extracting what they want for their guy.
    In bushes first address after 911 his first sentence was, “Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts.” Note “deliberate” not “senseless” and in case you missed it “terrorist acts”. He used the word terror or terrorist three more times.

    October 18, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Bobby

    This is why liberalism is a mental disease. They truly beleive if you keep repeating the same lie over and over it will miraculouly become the truth. Also, why bring someone that knows exactly what they are talking about onto the show and then proceed to try to debate them using false info?

    October 18, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. In over your head

    Soledad...your in way over your head when it comes to politics, let the professionals at CNN handle it...stay with the puff pieces.

    October 18, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. tj

    This is just a pathetic attempt to cover for the President by grasping for alternative meanings in a vague Nostradamus like reference to terror in his speech and it should be seen for what it is. If I was President and really believed it was a terrorist attack, why would I allow a different narrative to continue to be told by those that report to me? Would I then repeatedly condemn the crazy movie that was the foundation for the alternative narrative instead of correcting the false narrative? O'Brien and the President insult the intelligence of viewers to think anyone would be gullible enough to believe that the President really believed it was a terrorist attack the day after this tragedy. O'Brien shows her bias quite clearly in this reporting by grasping for alternative conclusions by ignoring the facts in whole and it hurts CNN's reputation for unbiased reporting.

    October 18, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Michael

    And who is the old fool called Sununu?

    October 18, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Crytal

    I can see who is out of their mind.
    "State Department regional security officer Eric Nordstrom said that it reminded him of a similar incident where an extremist group attacked the Tunisian consulate in Benghazi over "what they claimed was an anti-Islamic film:"


    NORDSTROM: The - the first impression that I had was that it was going to be something similar to one of the brigades that we saw there, specifically the - the brigade - and it's been named in the press - that came to my mind was Ansar al-Sharia.

    It was a - a unit or a group that Lieutenant Colonel Wood's personnel and I had - had tracked for quite some time, we were concerned about. That specific group had been involved in a similar but obviously much smaller scale incident at the end of June involving the Tunisian consulate in Benghazi where they stormed that facility and it was in protest to what they claimed was an anti-Islamic film in Tunis. [House Oversight Committee hearing on consulate security in Benghazi, 10/11/12, via Nexis]"

    October 18, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. heshe

    Sununu is the one who is out of his mind!!!!! Typical spinning, lying republican....if they can't win by lying they will try by buying!!!!

    October 18, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. J Wags

    Sununu did a great job of keeping this discussion focussed on facts...Soledad you tried to show edited clips and distort the truth to accomodate your views, in defense of Obama. It didn't work here. My question is why are you trying so hard to defend Obama, when this is such a clear case of his administration orchestrating a pack of lies to mislead the American Public.

    My personal opinion on all this Benghazi stuff is that Obama was trying to keep up an image of clean foreign policy to help him get re-elected, and he especially wanted to highlight that his approach with the Islamic nations was when this obvious terrorist attack was carried out on 9/11, the administration quickly tried to come up with a damage control scheme, and everyone attempted to blame the events on the youtube film. They all stuck with it for nearly 2 weeks...Jay Carney, Hillary, Susan Rice and the President himself for about two weeks, hoping it was going to gain traction, and the American public would just go along with their sham. The problem was it didn’t stick. And as more evidence emerged from non US sources, like the Libyan Prime Minister who confirmed only two days after the attack that this was in fact, an organized terrorist mission…there was too much evidence now contradicting their lies, so they had to cave in and concede to the truth to save face. They are still all pointing fingers at each other, and unnamed sources in the Dept of State about who had what information, early on, and why there was confusion. In the very best scenario, this whole thing looks totally unorganized and they clearly have a culpability for not providing sufficient protection for the Ambassador and this consulate in Benghazi. At worst…they are lying because there is something more sinister going on, that nobody is talking about (and we will likely never know). Either way, it’s very clear now there was coordinated distortion and lies coming down from the very top level at the Whitehouse, and nobody has offered a realistic or logical explanation for the ensuing aftermath and how it was handled by Obama and his minions.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    The american public does not need what was missed out during the debate to make their judgment of obama

    October 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    soledad, which red-blooded american man would not want to hit on you? 🙂 obama used war of women tactic to deflect from deadly lack of accountability. women called obama weak after first debate, and wanted women to see him strong this time. the inner obama is very weak, and you know it. hope he doesn't try to hit on you - you may really laugh about it.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  25. Norman

    Just another lefty in the tank for Obama. Can't understand why they pay these morons.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Rick McDaniel

    If CNN wasn't so firmly under the control of the Democratic Party, maybe they could actually report something honestly.

    It s NO WONDER, that their viewership has been spiraling downward.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. LISA

    No one is buying it Soledad. We were told that the attack was due to a video!

    October 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Coolerhead

    Soledad, our country, in order to survive as a democratic republic, must be built on a foundation of truth. It is obvious to educated, non partisan viewers that you have a major lean to the left on what you represent as truth. I believe you are well aware of that and it is deliberate on your part. It is troubling that you pass off your commentary on issues as non partisan reporting of truth, when it is definitely not. You are a competent commentator on the current liberal viewpoint of the news, but as a new "reporter" you are a danger to our citizens being accurately informed on issues. "Where there is no truth, the people perish." I do not know how you can sleep at night.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Margaret Lisi

    To me the question is how we expect an accurate answer to something that happened across the globe, that involved national security, death and diplomacy, immediately? In chaos, taking time to get to the facts is necessary but we tend to want microwave a result, the story changes as new info is discovered. Once upon a time, we'd have held off on more than an official statement for at least a few days. Am I the only one who thinks discretion would have been a better approach to the Bengazi events rather than constant, shifting statements?

    October 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Obama Supporter

    John Su-nut-nut is a crazy, racist, nut job! Who elected him? Recall....

    October 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Suzi

    I love the young feisty women you have like Ms. O'Brien. How refreshing to have journalists who are willing to not just regurgitate the headlines but who are willing to give you and challenge people on the facts.

    October 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Joe

    Anyone who can't admit that the prez tried to pass this off as a reaction to a video, instead of the act of terror that we all now know it out of their mind, and should just fess up as being an Obama apologist.

    October 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Tom

    Soledad – The greatest debater on air, apparently. She isn't a reporter. She's on the Obama payroll. Gag.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Sununu To CNN's O'Brien: "Always Good To Come On The Groupie Channel"

    Sununu To CNN's O'Brien: "Always Good To Come On The Groupie Channel"

    Were is this Video .It is so so True!!!!

    October 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. We The People

    whomever moderates this soundoff needs counseling...

    I remarked that the way Soledad OBrien was treated
    by this man (sic) was, and is, positively horrid,
    a fact that stands on It's own, but that didn't make it in...

    After that, NO Romney vote fro me !

    October 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. marykreutz

    If John Sununu is representing the thinking of the Republican Party and he direction that it will lead us, we all need to pray. John Sununu represents those that will only allow one thought to be correct and that thought must be his. He shows just how far the craziness of the far right has gone. I pray that the Republican Party will survive this implosion and come back to a middle ground.Gone on the days of sanity, intelligence and integrity of Eisenhower. Although there was the insanity of McCarthy, which seems to be reborn in the neo conservative thinking and their war on the Constitution and freedom, while fooling so many into thinking that they're trying to preserve those rights and freedoms.

    October 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. pooflingingmonkey

    Sununu's rant is a textbook example of the GOP's last desperate gasps. Say anything. It doesn't have to be true, just hope enough people in the swing states believe it.

    October 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Leslie


    You're being disingenuous when you report for your viewers that Obama stated that his comments in the Rose Garden were that it was a terrorist attack. Sununu was right–you left off the important part of teh President's remarks, the first part of his remarks, when he said THIS: "While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants." Why didn't you play THAT part of the clip? Or read that part of the transcript? Or at least give Sununu some credit for bringing THAT up? Your bias is showing...

    October 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. sherry cupac

    How many people in the middle class have enough savings and dividends to get any of the significant tax breaks that Romney wants to give us?
    I don't know a single person who pays taxes on capital gains, savings interest or dividends...PLEASE

    October 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Brett Davids

    He's referring to this:

    October 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Shelby Denison

    We never watch CNN, which in our world is known as the Communist News Network; thus we had never heard of the woman who was the moderator for the debate last night. She was terribly biased (that is putting it mildly). You follks just don't get it; Romney had a wonderful debate in spite of Obama's lies and that woman taking up for him. Now I really know why we don't watch CNN.
    P.S. If you are really trying to be honest, you will fire her.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. megan

    I used to like soledad. I saw that speech and he did say it was the video. cnn should include all parts of the speech.

    October 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Lee Jones

    If Crowley is this fair moderator,why was Obama given almost 4 more min????? The one thing that a moderator could and should control is the time!!

    October 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  44. DCMixMstr

    Sununu needs to go somewhere, sit down, shut up and take some metamucil because he is so full of it. Romney needs to re-consider having this old man as one of his advisors.

    October 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. j

    Soledad, give it up already, you are not prepared for the role you are trying to fill – see if you can get on the View with the other highly revered political strategists such as Whoopi .. 🙂
    The President referred to 9/11 in the Rose Garden (the "terrorist" reference). I appreciated those words from him, I admit.
    But those were not linked to his commentary on Benghazi .. never once did he say the attack was a terrorist one, instead continued down the trail of the video. This canned speech was cleverly constructed so he could weasel out of several things (all politicians do this, of course), not label this as terrorist, yet be able to give the illusion that he did if confronted.
    He and his administration then hit the road and talk show circuit to further contradict the claim that he ever called it terrorist in the Rose Garden.
    Revisionist attempts and trying to patch together entirely different parts of a scripted and teleprompted speech seems more something for the diabolical and deceitful caliber of Stephanie Cutter, not you.

    Sorry, the papers you continue to fumble with your little Biden-esque smile are not going to tell the story any differently, regardless of how you try to edit things.

    A major terrorist strike took place on Obama's watch, he knew it, Hillary knew it, they refused to bolster security against
    it, and that goes onto Obama's record just like the rest of this insane administration's antics.
    John is right, you are wrong, and it is an embarrassment to watch you continue down these roads.

    October 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Sara

    Mark, after the debate, Candy Crowley admits that Romney was right "in the main." Hear her at:

    - ie, Obama spoke the words "actS of terror" [note plural] - he was speaking generally and he did NOT say that the Bengahzi attack was an act of terror (but instead communicated/suggested it was tied to a youtube video.)

    Candy was wrong and she inadvertently got in the way of Romney trying to make a point - something that she should understand given Obama's crowing: "would you repeat that Candy?" He has no shame.

    Soledad, you need to wake up or stop calling yourself a journalist in any way, shape or form. Last night, Obama lied to us about oil production and he lied about what he said about the Benghazi attack on Sept 12 (something he reapeated again and again on the View, at the UN.) He apparently lies easily and all the time. Why don't you research his other "incorrect" statements - and please stop editing out context to distort the truth, like you tried to do with Sununu.

    CNN, why don't you send Soledad over to MSNBC where she apparently belongs.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Chris

    Soledad is really showing she is a diehard democrat. It's sad because I thought she was a reporter first not an Obama campaign supporter. The facts are the facts, four americans are dead because of a security lapse. Obama and Clinton should be held reponsible. They both failed to do their jobs and should be held accountable. Who is Obama going to point fingers at next?

    October 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Dan Davis

    Does Sununu actually believe credibility is served by such childish and inflammatory bloviating? How has New Hampshire survived intact?

    October 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Antonio Alvarez

    Soledad, no te dejes del (has been )governador. no sabe respetar tu oficio, ni que eres una mujer. el senor esta viviendo en LaLa land crendo que romney lo va poner de embajdor, oh en la administracion. (no way to win women voters) adelante con tu programacion.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Bob M

    How sad to see how low journalism has fallen. Soledad needs to understand and/or accept what President Obama was referring to when he said, "act of terror." He was referring to previous paragraphs and when he referred to the incident in Libya on September 11, 2012 he said, "a terrible act."

    Transcript for the speech in the Rose Garden on September 12:

    No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. (Referring to any, "acts of terror.")
    Today we mourn for more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done. (Referring to the act on September 11, 2012 in Libya.)

    If the President really believed it was an “act of terrorism”, why didn’t he use the word terrorism, instead of the word terror? II have no problem the way he phased the speech he day after the act, but I am offended that for the next few weeks it was told to the American people and reported by journalist that the act was a result of a video and not a planned terrorist act.

    This is a classic repeat of defining the word "is."

    October 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  51. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    This man is a blatant racist a bigot and a white supremacist jusy like every member of the teapublican party. Ms. O'brien should waste her precious time interviewing this waste of life stinking worthless right wing troll.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Lee

    One of the most explicit examples of the Republican strategy, taken straight from Goebbles... "“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."

    Sununu was repeatedly saying that Obama gutted medicare, and Soledad was correcting him that it was future cost projections. Sununu was full of BS, and he knows it, so he attempts to attack the messager instead. Classic.

    Good job, Soledad.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  53. Shufen

    Ms. O'Brien, can you honestly as a journalist say to the viewers that President Obama declared it "an act of terror" about the attack in Libya the day after in Rose Garden? Yes, he spoke the words "no acts of terror..." but definitely in no way I would read those words as him declaring it as an act of terror regarding what happened in Libya on Sept 11, 2012. The demonstrators on the streets in Benghazi after the attack seemed to be more courageous than the Obama administration calling what it was by action. CNN, please review the qualifications of your journalists/ news program hosts that they don't take things out of context, unless that fits the agenda of CNN. I trust the viewers can and will decide for themselves about the trustworthiness of CNN news if this type of bias keeps surfacing.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  54. Antaes

    I'm wondering whether Soledad is on the payroll of Obama – it certainly appears that way. How can a news anchor who's job, I believe, ought to be to report the news without bias be so blatantly biased ? Every time I see her on the screen, I tend to change channels because I know how slanted her reporting will be. Every American can see that this administration has been lying about the attack on Benghazi from day 1 and rather than be really concerned about the truth she clearly wants to provide cover to Obama. Shameful !! And I say this as a man who voted for Obama.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  55. Shane

    John Sununu looks like Grandfather Stratton from "Silver Spoons"... and I'm probably the only person reading this that will get that reference. Oh well.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  56. Shane

    Man... John Sununu looks like Grandfather Stratton from "Silver Spoons".

    I'm probably the only person to get that reference.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Bee

    Soledad, doesn't need counseling. Summpu, is a pompous, arrogant, A hole, and always interjects his dillustional spin on the facts. Candy C. mentioned also that there was an assessment done by Ambassador Rice 14 days, later. She was also concurring with the facts that day one the Pres. mentioned acts of terror in his speech concerning this tragedy.What a creep.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  58. Davud

    John Sununu is one of the most offensive people on the planet, not to mention one of the biggest liars. I would rather watch a buzzard molt than listen to that old jerk.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Viv

    How can you argue someone who will not give specific, changes positions, and his math doesn't add up? Obama did the best he could with this snake oil sales-man. Good job Soldad

    October 17, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  60. La Shonda Tyree

    Thanks Soledad! Here is the link to the President's speech the day after the attack on Benghazi to people can hear for themselves. It is a shame that people are so desperate that they have to twist the facts and hopefully people will research for themselves and start by listening to the speech for themselves.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  61. Marie Wallace

    Please do not have John Sununu on anymore. He comes across as a bully. He is so disrespectful and also called the President a bully. Soledad you are doing a good job with difficult people.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  62. Lance LaPointe

    Wow, Poor Sununu...... His boy got played with the wording... and instead of calling that out, he tried to re invent history... Thanks again, for keeping them honest.....

    October 17, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  63. Elenore

    Soledad is changing faces to enable the republicans lie to the nation. Why are you supporting a racist, anti-minority, anti-immigrant party. They are clearly the old clan that would have spit on you if times were different. I feel sorry for you for walking all over the president who tried to bring a better USA to all of us, including you and your children.
    Enjoy the moment but with this face-change you'll have guilt for many years to come.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  64. Mark

    Soledad, you two need counseling. Can you elaborate on what he said about an interview AFTER the debate when he claims Candy admitted Romney was correct? What interview was he referring to?

    October 17, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  65. Jimmy J McKinney

    I think the Debates should have a time clock , then the mikes turn off

    October 17, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  66. Terri W.

    Soledad you bring in Obama's chief campaign advisor to speak on the debate but a "any congressman" for the Romney camp? I am a viewer looking for a honest and true unbiased and objective talking points commentator and have been regularly disappointed that your show is just another journalist community trying to sway the public to their democratic agenda rather than providing a service to their listeners. I feel the same about FoxNews – and am continually disappointed we American's can't seem to move past journalistic agenda's to get the real facts of the issues.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  67. We The People

    I used left and right arrows to brace a phrase,
    but the words betwen them disappeared, sorry

    Between the word "Total",
    and the words "To Her" I wrote:
    "Insert acceptable explitive here"

    October 17, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  68. We The People

    Wow, I feel bad for Soledad OBrien.
    Romney Advisor John Sununu acted like a total to her !

    Due to the way he treated her,
    I WILL NEVER vote for Romney !

    October 17, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse | Reply

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