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Sen. Bob Corker says Vice President Joe Biden misled nation in debate comments about Libya

12:28 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker on Friday accused Vice President Joe Biden of using Thursday night's vice presidential candidate debate to mislead the nation about the recent slaying of American diplomatic personnel in Libya.

"The vice president's comments last night about the situation in Benghazi, which claimed the lives of four Americans, absolutely do not square with facts on ground in Libya," said Corker, who is in line to become either chairman or ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee if, as expected, he wins re-election on Nov. 6.

Corker just returned from a weeklong trip to Libya, Jordan and the Syrian border.

"Within 24 hours of the incident, the administration knew that this was an orchestrated terrorist attack, and they clearly were aware of the specific details, including requests for additional security, that have finally been made public this week. With the vice president continuing this ruse with his comments last night, all Americans should ask what the administration is trying to hide."

Biden, in a nationally televised debate with GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, defended the Obama administration's initial statements about the Sept. 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, which described the killings as the result of Arab protests fueled by a YouTube video ridiculing the Muslim faith.

"Because that was exactly what we were told by the intelligence community," Biden said. "The intelligence community told us that. As they learned more facts about exactly what happened, they changed their assessment."

Corker said Biden's debate comments also misled by saying the administration received no requests for beefed-up security at the consulate before the attack.

Biden, when asked by debate moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News about the security issue, said:

"Well, we weren't told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security again. And by the way, at the time we were told exactly - we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. That was the assessment.

"And as the intelligence community changed their view, we made it clear they changed their view."

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