Obama campaign senior adviser, David Axelrod engaged in a heated discussion with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday over the attack in Libya. During last week’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden said that he and others in the White House were not told of requests for more security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. However, the day before the debate, several State Department officials testified that there were repeated requests for more security that had been rejected.
Axelrod said Vice President Biden was only talking about what he and the president knew. He said there is no doubt that some of these requests went into the security agency at the State Department, but it didn’t reach the White House. Axelrod added that the president feels “personal responsibility for every representative he sends around the world.”
He continued, “It’s not a matter of blaming. That’s just the facts. Sometimes intelligence has to catch up with the reality on the ground.”
Obama deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter said recently about the Libya attack that, “The entire reason that this has become the political topic it is, it’s because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.”
Axelrod responded that it’s essential to bring the terrorists to justice, but said it’s a separate matter that Romney has stirred up by denouncing the attacks immediately after it happened with only half the information. He said, “Chris Stevens’ dad said that he regretted that people were trying to exploit this issue. And I think we ought to follow the lead of the ambassador’s family and allow this investigation to run.”
Wallace interjected, “This is the first U.S. ambassador that has been killed since 1979. Susan Rice came on this show and five others, and gave the American people a story that turned out not to be true, and you’re saying that we shouldn’t discuss this?”
“Chris, calm down,” Axelrod said, “That’s obviously not what I’m saying.”