Ted and Carly just can’t stop saying stupid things they shouldn’t during presidential debates this cycle. I get that they have to out-crazy each other, but really, even for their modest brain capacity, this is just irresponsible.
Let’s begin with the tale of Ted.
Ted Cruz has to learn to keep his cool during his bouts of verbal diarrhea. This time, when he got into a heated exchange with Marco Rubio during the most recent Republican debate, he might have just outed a huge classified bit of information about the NSA’s much-criticized phone metadata tracking program.
According to reports, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr (R-NC), will be investigating the transcripts of the debate to see if Cruz did violate federal law.
Cruz’s comments went as follows:
What [Rubio] knows is that the old program covered 20 percent to 30 percent of phone numbers to search for terrorists. The new program covers nearly 100 percent. That gives us greater ability to stop acts of terrorism, and he knows that that’s the case.
Rubio quickly interjected, seeming a bit surprised and astonished that Cruz would just blurt this information out during a debate:
Let me be very careful when answering this, because I don’t think national television in front of 15 million people is the place to discuss classified information. So let me just be very clear. There is nothing that we are allowed to do under this bill that we could not do before.
Here is a clip of the cat fight between the Senators:
Immediately, Senator Richard Burr’s communications director sent a tweet regarding the situation:
Cruz shouldn't have said that.
— Becca Glover Watkins (@beccaglover) December 16, 2015
One amusing side note to the Cruz issue was that Senator Burr noted he didn’t actually see the exchange because he was not watching the debate. According to Burr, “The Voice was on. It was the final episode.” I can’t say I fault Burr for opting not to watch.
Now, we turn to Carly.
While trying to make herself sound important, Carly pulled another bone-headed move and spoke without thinking, as is usual for her.
Her statement went as follows:
Soon after 9/11, I got a phone call from the NSA. They needed help. I gave them help. I stopped a truck load of equipment and I had it turned around. It was escorted by the NSA into headquarters.
To put that into a little context, during Carly’s absolutely catastrophic stint as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, NSA director Michael Hayden called and asked Carly to supply them with fifty servers to implement “stellar wind” – the much maligned warrantless wiretapping program ordered by the Bush White House.
A Gawker report says that last month, Motherboard reported on the statement and indicated that the action between Fiorina and Hayden was still deemed classified.
Just imagine for a moment, either one of these two half-wits was President of the United States. The amount of classified information they have currently is chump-change compared to what any President knows. Can you picture them bragging up something like Area 51 during an interview, as they get lost in the moment in front of the rest of the world?
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