"Face the Nation" transcript: April 15 with Sec. Geithner, Rep. Issa and Sen. McCain
BOB SCHIEFFER: Today on FACE THE NATION, tornadoes, sex and the Secret Service, Korean missiles, and the mommy wars, just another American Saturday night.
At least a hundred tornadoes tore across the Midwest overnight leaving death and destruction. We'll get the latest from Dean Reynolds in Wichita, Kansas.
What is going on with the Secret Service? Eleven of the best of the best who were sent to Colombia in advance of the President's visit were recalled after a report of wild parties and prostitutes. We'll get the latest on that from Congress's top investigator, Darrell Issa, of the house oversight committee.
Reports overnight of multiple bombings in Afghanistan. We'll ask John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, about that and his trip to the Syrian border.
SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN: We think it's going to require military action on the ground.
BOB SCHIEFFER: For sure, we'll follow up on what he means by that. Then, we'll turn to the campaign, taxes, and the economy. We'll get treasury secretary Tim Geithner's response from Mitt Romney's latest charge.
MITT ROMNEY: Did you know that all the jobs lost during the Obama years, 92.3 percent of them are women.
BOB SCHIEFFER: We'll get analysis on the so-called mommy wars from White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell and Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post.
And finally, perspective on the murder charges filed this week in the Trayvon Martin case. We'll hear from Mark Strassmann, the reporter who first brought the story to national attention, and we'll broaden the discussion with Georgetown University professor, Michael Eric Dyson; author and Time magazine columnist, Toure; and CBS News legal consultant Jack Ford.
This is FACE THE NATION.
ANNOUNCER: From CBS News in Washington, FACE THE NATION with Bob Schieffer.
BOB SCHIEFFER: And good morning, again.
But it was a bad night across the middle of the country. Over a hundred and twenty tornadoes tore through the Midwest. The death count stands at five this morning, but will likely go higher. Our Dean Reynolds is joining us from Wichita, Kansas. Dean, bring us up to speed.
DEAN REYNOLDS (CBS News National Correspondent): Well, the cleanup crews, Bob, are out in the Wichita area, which was spared major damage, although there was some damage to McConnell Air Force Base, and some trailer parks in the area, but the real problem was about two hundred miles south of here in a little town called Woodward, Oklahoma, where the five fatalities were reported and where the siren transmitter was knocked out by the twister that hit shortly after midnight. So the people who had been hearing the sirens on earlier twisters were left completely unprepared, even then, though, the warning from the National Weather Service for Woodward came out only three minutes before the actual twister touched down.
As I say damage is being assessed in the Wichita area, Kansas had the brunt of these tornadoes. A hundred and twenty tornadoes, you mentioned, about a hundred of them happened here in Kansas and the storm is not over.
BOB SCHIEFFER: So that was my next question, what happens now? What do we expect now?
DEAN REYNOLDS: Well, of particular interest are the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan as the storm moves to the northeast from here. But, also, it has such a large footprint that areas of Texas and Louisiana are also at risk. So people in that very wide scope of land should be alert today, Bob.
BOB SCHIEFFER: All right. Dean Reynolds who has seen a tornado or two. Thank you very much, Dean.
And we turn now to the other big story overnight. The Secret Service announced late yesterday that eleven of their agents who had been sent to Colombia in advance of the President's visit were recalled and placed on administrative leave after reports of a wild party that involved prostitutes. Our White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell is with us here this morning, along with Darrell Issa, who is chairman of the house oversight committee. Norah, I know you were talking to officials earlier this morning, what's the latest on this?
NORAH O'DONNELL (CBS News Chief White House Correspondent): Well, the White House says that the President's security was never endangered because of this. But the number one job of the Secret Service is to protect the President when he's in a foreign country and when he's in the United States and less than forty-eight hours before the President arrived in Cartagena, there was reports of wild drinking and prostitutes. The Secret Service acted very quickly. They recalled at least eleven agents. Also five members of the military may have been invol-- involved. They are also being disciplined. The issue here, according to officials that I spoke with, is concerns that there-- one, this is, you know, bad conduct, certainly immoral conduct, but also concerns about potential blackmail or espionage. If a woman can get in a secure zone that is supposed to be protected by the Secret Service and others, what does it say about security? So that's one of the big concerns.
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