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Kit Bond Tangles With Savannah Guthrie On GOP Hypocrisy On Terrorism (VIDEO)

First Posted: 04/12/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:30 PM ET

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Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) struggled on Wednesday to distinguish between the Obama Administration's handling of Christmas bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and Bush's similar handling of shoe-bomber Richard Reid in an appearance on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown."

On Tuesday, Bond had called for Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan's resignation after an increasingly politicized debate on how the administration has handled the Abdulmutallab case.

During the MSNBC interview, anchor Savannah Guthrie asked Senator Bond to make a distinction between the mirandizing of previous terror suspects and Abdulmutallab.

"When Richard Reid was mirandized, treated in the civilian court system, same as Zacarius Moussaoui, the 9/11 co-conspirator, did you call for anyone's resignation because of that?" Guthrie asked.

"It's a lot different time," Bond responded. "We now have military commissions...It turns out that mirandizing Richard Reid and trying him in the civilian courts was a bad idea."

"He is serving a life sentence right now, he will never get out. How is that a failure?" Guthrie shot back.

Bond's comments come a day after Newt Gingrich said in an interview with John Stewart on the Daily Show that it was okay to mirandize Richard Reid because he was an American citizen, when, in fact, he was a British citizen.

Democrats appear excited about how poorly these appearances went and are blasting around the video to reporters. An email from the DNC today linked both videos and charged the recent attacks by the GOP as "nothing but outright fallacies in their effort to turn the President's actions on national security into a political wedge."

Watch Bond's MSNBC Interview:

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