CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had a heated exchange after the mayor accused O’Brien of trying to blame George W. Bush for the Benghazi attack on US Consulate.
During the show O’Brien played a clip of Matthew Dowd, a former member of George W. Bush administration, comparing Benghazi to the invasion of Iraq. The clip showed Dowd stating that it was possible for the intelligence to be initially wrong on Benghazi issue, just like it happened in the case of Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction.
When Soledad asked Giuliani if Dowd had a point, “We’re going to blame this on Bush, too?” Giuliani said. At this O’Brien interjected, "You gotta stop putting words in my mouth, sir." "Every time I ask you a question, you like to push back as if somehow the question being posed to you is unfair. It's not. I'm a journalist, you said some things. I'm trying to get some accurate responses from you. You are welcome to answer."
While answering the question Giuliani said that it seemed like Dowd attempted to blame Bush for the Benghazi attack. However, he soon shifted his focus back to Obama stating the President should have disclosed any prior knowledge about the attack. "That's not what Matthew Dowd is saying," O'Brien objected.
"But it doesn't take a long time for the president of the United States to tell us whether or not he was aware that this consulate was attacked twice before and if he was aware what did he do to protect the consulate?" Giuliani countered.
Realizing that former mayor is still miles away from the question, O’Brien said, "But the point and my question is, does Matthew Dowd have a point?"