Guests: Sen. Graham, Reps. Issa & Cummings

By Face the Nation, Face the Nation - October 14, 2012

(CBS News) Below is a transcript of "Face the Nation" on October 14, 2012, hosted by CBS News' Bob Schieffer. Guests include: Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. A roundtable includes David Corn of Mother Jones magazine, Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation, Bay Buchanan of the Romney campaign, pollster Frank Luntz and CBS News' John Dickerson.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Today on FACE THE NATION, what really happened in Libya? It's been more than a month since the American ambassador in Libya and three other Americans died in an attack on the diplomatic compound there. But it's become the subject of an explosive congressional hearing.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL ANDREW WOOD: We felt great frustration and the fact that those demands were-- were ignored or in some cases just never met.

BOB SCHIEFFER: And it's become an issue in the campaign.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: We weren't told they want-- wanted more security there. And we did not know they wanted more security there.

BOB SCHIEFFER: State Department officials had said otherwise as Mitt Romney was quick to point out.

MITT ROMNEY: Because the vice president directly contradicted the sworn testimony of State Department officials. He-- he's doubling down on denial.

BOB SCHIEFFER: But why did it take so long for the administration to admit the attack was the work of terrorists when the president of Libya had told us five days after the attack that's what had happened.

MOHAMED YOUSEF EL-MAGARIAF: This leaves us with no doubt that this was preplanned, determined-- predetermined.

BOB SCHIEFFER: We'll talk to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham who has been looking into the situation. And we'll talk to California congressman Darrell Issa whose committee is investigating. We'll also get the take of Congressman Elijah Cummings, senior Democrat on the committee.

Then, we'll talk about that, the vice presidential debate, and the campaign with our political panel, David Corn of Mother Jones magazine; Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation; Romney campaign adviser Bay Buchanan; Republican pollster Frank Luntz; and our own John Dickerson. That's a lot, but this is FACE THE NATION.

ANNOUNCER: And now from CBS News in Washington, FACE THE NATION with Bob Schieffer.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Good morning. Senator Lindsey Graham is one of the senior Republicans on the Armed Services Committee. And he has been looking into this attack. Senator, welcome to the broadcast. I know you have been investigating this.

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-South Carolina/Armed Services Committee) (overlapping): Thank you.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Have you reached any conclusions on why the administration waited so long to acknowledge this was the work of terrorists?

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Well, the facts are there was never a riot. The-- the night in question, September 11th, Ambassador Stevens was being visited by the Turkish ambassador that wasn't the sole around the compound and the coordinated attack lasted for hours with al Qaeda-associated militia. My belief is that that was known by the administration within twenty-four hours and, quite frankly, Susan Rice, on your show on September 16th, the President on the 18th and the 25th, kept talking about an attack inspired by a video. They're trying to sell a narrative, quite frankly, that the Mid East, the wars are receding and al Qaeda has been dismantled, and to admit that our embassy was attacked by al Qaeda operatives and Libya leading from behind didn't work I think undercuts that narrative. They never believed that media would investigate. Congress was out of session, and this caught up with them. I think they've been misleading us, but it finally caught up with them.

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