DENVER — Local news anchors are known for lobbing softballs in interviews with national candidates, but that’s not what happened Friday when President Obama appeared on KUSA-TV in Denver.
Anchorman Kyle Clark launched the Q&A by grilling Mr. Obama on the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that resulted in the death of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.
Mr. Clark first asked if the Americans under attack denied requests for help, and “is it fair to tell Americans that what happened is under investigation and we’ll all find out after the election?”
Mr. Obama replied, “the election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened … Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do, but we want to make sure we get it right.”
Asked again if the Americans were denied help, Mr. Obama repeated that “we’re going to find out exactly what happened. I guarantee you everybody in the State Department, the military, the CIA, you name it, had their number-one priority making sure these people were safe. These were our folks,” said Mr. Obama.
Mr. Clark followed up with a question about Abound Solar, the Colorado solar-panel company that went out of business after receiving millions in federal loan guarantees, and then asked the president what he meant when he called Republican nominee Mitt Romney a “bullsh**er” in a magazine interview.
The baby-faced anchor doesn’t just pick on Democrats: In May, he ambushed Republican Rep. Mike Coffman to find out why he said that the president, “in his heart” is not an American.
Both presidential candidates have made appearances on local television in Colorado to raise their profiles in the critical swing state.
KUSA-TV, the NBC-TV affiliate in Denver, is the highest-ranking local news network in Colorado. The nearly eight-minute satellite interview can be seen on the station’s website at www.9news.com.