October 10th, 2012
09:49 PM ET

Ex-Navy SEAL Glen Doherty's sister speaks out on politicizing his death

Tonight on OutFront, CNN’s Erin Burnett spoke toKate Quigley, the sister of former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty who was killed in this year's Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.  Burnett asked Quigley if she shared her mother’s anger towards Gov. Mitt Romney for speaking about having met Doherty in a campaign speech.  Quigley said:

“I don’t, and my mother is angry, and she’s grieving.  The fact of the matter is what Governor Mitt Romney said about my brother Glen is true, and he called him a hero and we’re honored by that.  And we’re honored by what Obama did for the homecoming.  The fact of the matter is being an American hero can be completely bipartisan and everybody wants to point fingers and play the blame game – let’s blame the terrorists.” 

 


Topics: CNN • Erin Burnett
October 10th, 2012
09:31 PM ET

Part two of Pat Smith's Invu "They (Obama, Biden, Clinton) All Promised Me" Details on how her son died but she never heard back

In an exclusive interview Pat Smith whose son Sean was killed during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, spoke to Anderson Cooper on tonight’s AC360°.

Smith tells Anderson that she cried on President Obama's shoulder when her son Sean, a computer specialist, was returned to the U.S., and he along with Secretary of State Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden promised to tell her the details about the incident. She begged to know, no matter how gruesome.

Tomorrow is a month since the attack and tonight she tells Anderson that she's still waiting for answers.


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
October 10th, 2012
09:28 PM ET

AC360 EXCLUSIVE: Pat Smith Demands Answers About Benghazi Attack That Killed Her Son

In an exclusive interview Pat Smith whose son Sean was killed during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, spoke to Anderson Cooper on tonight’s AC360°.

Smith tells Anderson that she cried on Pres. Obama's shoulder when her son Sean, a computer specialist, was returned to the U.S., and he along with Secretary of State Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden promised to tell her the details about the incident. She begged to know, no matter how gruesome. Tomorrow is a month since the attack and tonight she tells Anderson that she's still waiting for answers.


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • Syria
October 10th, 2012
03:42 PM ET

CNN exclusive: Ahead of the VP Debate, Dana Bash speaks with Paul Ryan on his debate prep & more

CNN senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash spoke with Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan in a national exclusive interview to gain an extensive behind-the-scenes perspective on Ryan’s debate preparation and more. Two highlights from Bash’s interview aired on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 4-7 p.m. ET and the full interview will air Thursday, October 11th during CNN’s ‘Debate Night in America’ programming. Highlights are after the jump.

Please Credit: CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash

VIDEO: Paul Ryan on what's inside his briefcase http://on.cnn.com/T9ZHvQ

Ryan says, "I've got a lot of binders on different subjects. I'm much more successful if I do things properly and prepare. Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare..."

CNN Exclusive: How Ryan sharpens debate skills: http://on.cnn.com/OU7MJv

CNN exclusive: Paul Ryan hasn't called Palin for advice: http://on.cnn.com/OU7P8h

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Topics: CNN Debate • CNN Politics
October 10th, 2012
03:12 PM ET

CNN’s VP Debate Coverage to Feature Fact Checks, Focus Group, Time Clock

Rep. Paul Ryan Spoke with Dana Bash in a National Exclusive about Debate Prep

CNN will air the debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Ryan on Oct. 11, with special coverage beginning at 7 p.m. In Washington, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and John King, will lead the network’s coverage with Soledad O’Brien inside the debate hall in Kentucky and Erin Burnett live from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she will be joined by a group of undecided voters. Oct. 16 presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley will join the network’s coverage from Washington to provide insight as to what she’ll be listening for during the debate.

‘Debate Night in America’ coverage will include senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash’s national exclusive interview with Romney running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, who spoke about his debate preparation and White House correspondent Brianna Keilar’s exclusive interview with Beau Biden. On hand throughout the evening’s coverage to provide expert analysis will be chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen, in addition to Paul Begala, Alex Castellanos, Van Jones and Mary Matalin.

During the presidential debate, the network will feature: real-time feedback from CNN’s focus group in Virginia; and a running time clock that tracks each candidate’s speaking time and will tally time spent on major issues at the end of the debate. The post-debate coverage will feature political fact checks from the “reality check” team of anchor John Berman and correspondent Tom Foreman from the network’s virtual studio. In addition, during the 11 p.m. hour, CNN and ORC International will reveal the results of a poll of viewers across the country who watched the debate.

Chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin and national political correspondent Jim Acosta will report from the debate and bring viewers instant reaction from the Spin Room upon conclusion of the debate. Keilar will report from the debate site leading up to the evening’s face-off.

CNN will provide unrestricted access to the network’s presidential debate programming through CNN.com and via CNN’s apps for iPhone and iPad. Additionally, Web users can become video editors with the new clip-and-share feature that allows them to share favorite debate moments on Facebook.

Updated: 1 p.m. ET – 10.11.12

October 10th, 2012
10:58 AM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Stacey Dash shares reasons behind her Romney endorsement

Last night, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed actress Stacey Dash to the show for an exclusive interview.

Having recently tweeted her support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the woman best know for her role in 1995's "Clueless" shared the reasons behind her endorsement:

"I would say because of the state of the country, and I want the next four years to be different," says the 46-year-old who voted for Barack Obama in 2008. "I believe him...I watched him, the Governor and his wife, on 'Meet The Press.'...They spoke to me, they seemed authentic and genuine."

After publicizing her political intentions on Twitter, Dash received a tremendous amount of negative response, much having to do with her race, and gender:

"The fury, I really don't understand the fury," she told Piers Morgan. "I don't understand it. I don't get it...I was shocked, saddened. Not angry. Saddened and really shocked. But you know what, you can't expect everyone to agree with you."


Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
October 10th, 2012
10:28 AM ET

Pres. Obama rep.: Politicizing Libya attack "unfortunate"

President Obama Campaign Traveling Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the administration has fully cooperated with the State Department and Congress regarding the Libya consulate attack. Later in the interview, Psaki explains why the campaign has “blinders on” when it comes to the polls.

Psaki says, “Well, look, I think that’s quite a heady accusation from Congressman Chaffetz and I know Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have been out there making outrageous political accusations as well. The fact is, to the President and to the administration, this is not a political issue. No one wants to get to the bottom of this more than the President. He knew Chris Stevens. He knew the great work he was doing in Libya. He knows how hard our diplomats have been working. And that’s why we’ve been fully cooperating with not only a State Department investigation but fully cooperating with Congress. The fact is, we’re providing information – not even me, I don’t even work in the administration anymore – but the administration is providing information they had access to at the time. And the intelligence community has come out and said that this was an organized act of terrorism. But for us, it’s not political. For the President, it’s not political. And it’s unfortunate it’s being brought to that.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

October 10th, 2012
09:10 AM ET

Rep. Chaffetz says he "absolutely" voted to cut funding for embassy security

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) criticizes the handling of Libyan consulate security despite voting to cut embassy funding.

Rep. Chaffetz says, “I think what we’re going to hear is that we didn’t meet the basic, minimum standards required for a facility such as the one we had in Benghazi. And the request for more security personnel went unheeded, unanswered, and consequently, you know, you have the death of four Americans. We [have to] make sure that that doesn’t happen again in Libya. But we also [have to] make sure it doesn’t happen in other places around the world…. We [have to] get at the truth, but thus far it’s been a slippery attempt to try to get the truth because the White House and the Obama administration’s been very slow in giving us the facts.”

Later in the interview, CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien asks, “Is it true that you voted to cut the funding for embassy security?”

Chaffetz answers, “Absolutely. Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have… 15,0000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in touch economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”

O’Brien responds, “Okay, so you’re prioritizing. So, when there are complaints that, in fact, that there was not enough security, you just said, ‘absolutely,’ that you cut, you were the one to vote against to increase security for the State Department, which would lead directly to Benghazi. That seems like you’re saying you have a hand in the responsibility to this. The funding of the security? How am I wrong?”

Rep. Chaffetz says, “When you’re in Libya, after a revolution… you [have to] prioritize things. And what clearly didn’t happen is Libya was not a priority. I believe what I heard is that it’s because they wanted the appearance of normalization. That’s what they wanted. And that fit with Obama narrative moving forward.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
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