By Keith Laing - 10/13/12 02:35 PM EDT
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Saturday that the Obama administration’s handling of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi should be a “bigger scandal than (former President) Nixon” because “no one died" at Watergate.
The comments, in a series of tweets Saturday sent to Gingrich's 1,477,000 Twitter followers, urge moderators in the remaining debates between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney to press Obama on the Libya assault, which resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“No one died at watergate! The Obama lies about Benghazi and Biden's deliberate lies Thursday night should be a bigger scandal than Nixon,” Gingrich tweeted.
In his vice presidential debate with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday, Biden said Republican criticism of the administration’s response to the Libyan attack “a bunch of malarkey.”
Biden said the Obama administration did not immediately identify the attack as an act of terrorism because they were told otherwise by U.S. intelligence officials.
“That was exactly what we were told by the intelligence community,” Biden said. “As they learned more facts about exactly what happened, they changed their assessment.”
Biden also dinged Ryan for a vote to cut funding for the security of U.S. embassies abroad.
“This lecture on embassy security -- the congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by $300 million below what we asked for, number one,” he said. “So much for the embassy security piece.”
For his part, Ryan condemned the Libyan attacks as a sign of the “unraveling of the Obama foreign policy.
“This Benghazi issue would be a tragedy in and of itself, but unfortunately it's indicative of a broader problem,” he said.
The next time the Libyan consulate attacks can come up in a debate will be Oct. 16 when Obama and Romney meet at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.