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October 22nd, 2012
04:10 AM ET

Governor of Ohio Ted Strickland and former Governor of New York George Pataki weigh in on President Obama's "Daily Show" statements on Libya: 'If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal'

The candidates were in their Sunday best attire and behavior last night at the Alfred E. Smith Charity Dinner. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney took playful jabs at each other and at themselves for a good cause. But it was probably just for one night. Just a few days ago, there was little to joke about when the candidates went face to face over integral issues at the second presidential debate. Obama’s appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” also made a stir while he was in New York. Governor of Ohio Ted Strickland and former Governor of New York George Pataki join Soledad O’Brien on “Starting Point” to weigh in on the appearances.

Governor Strickland, who is also the National Co-Chair for the Obama Campaign, remarks on last night’s event. “I think these events do display something about the personalities about the individuals,” Strickland says. “And certainly last night, we saw two very funny men.” On a serious note, Obama responded to a question about the administration's response to the Benghazi attack on The Daily Show during his New York visit. He told Stewart, “If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.”

Strickland comments on the criticisms Obama continues to face over Libya. “I think this whole issue is being politicized, and I don’t understand why,” Strickland says. “I think the most obscene part of this whole scenario was the fact, that while our embassy was still under attack, here was Governor Romney holding a press conference criticizing the president.”

From the other side of the aisle, Governor Pataki says President Obama’s statement on “The Daily Show” were “a poor choice of words.” But he says to focus on what matters. “There are two issues in my mind,” Pataki says. “First of all, why was security pulled, two military teams pulled, in August of this year from Bengazi and Libya when the ambassador and others were saying they feared for their lives because we didn’t have adequate security?” Pataki’s second point is the President’s misstatement in the second presidential debate regarding his Rose Garden speech. “I think it’s unfortunate.”

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  1. Vvs

    Where has journalism gone? With four Americans dead why isn't everyone demanding answers, especially before an election. I am an independent but, I must vote Republican in light of the total lack of interest by this administration and the very softball questions by the press to this an old student of journalism in the 60's I am appalled by the lack of objectivity by reporters. I really think the dumbing down is not in the general public but in the media. Shame on CNN for the lack of excellent reporting that it used to exhibit . What happened?

    October 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. maggeeb

    WHERE is CNN on all the information coming out about Bengazi??? Do you HAVE any journalists there that are actually looking to report the TRUTH? The truth is that Obama AND his administration KNEW exactly what was happening, they LIED to the American public AND they left our citizens hanging out to dry! TRY actually REPORTING the NEWS CNN!!!

    October 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jim France

    Ted Strickland was a flop as Ohio Governor and his idiotic laughter on Channel 38 tonite puts him in the same category as the idiot Joe Biden. Obama should go far with these goofs supporting him.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Fred Gould

    I walked into the kitchen where my wife was watching Starting Point, with Soledad O'Brien interviewing Rudy Giuliani. I was amazed at Soledad's arrogant and nasty manner with him. She continually talked over his responses, and apparently because he did not say what she wanted him to say, she was haughty and offensive. This is a prime example of why I do not watch CNN, and I believe that your network will continue to lose viewers with people like her on your programs.

    October 22, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse | Reply

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