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DNC chairwoman: GOP using Benghazi to ‘gin up their base’ ahead of midterms

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(CNN) — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Republicans are digging up the issue of the 2012 attack in Benghazi to drive turnout this election year.

Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, told CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday that as the issue of health care fails rile up their base, House Republicans are refocusing their attention on the assault that left four Americans dead, including the ambassador to Libya.

“The bottom line here is that the Republicans have clearly lost the ability because we’ve had such a precipitous drop among Republicans even in their fervor for repealing the Affordable Care Act,” said Schultz, D-Florida. “They are clearly doing this to drive their turnout and gin up their base.”

The issue of Benghazi resurfaced with new partisan vigor last week when the Republican-led House voted to form a select committee to investigate the attack. Democrats remain undecided on whether they will participate in the committee.

Schultz appeared Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative from Minnesota who ran for president in 2012.

“The big question on many people’s minds is, where did this false narrative come from, to blame a video rather than the terrorist actions of Ansar al-Sharia, which were evident on the ground,” Bachmann said. “So I think that what this committee is doing is taking a very careful look at a very deliberate pace to go through depositions and people on the ground to find out the truth of what happened. That’s all people want is the truth.”

The Obama administration first linked the attack to protests sparked by an anti-Muslim film produced in the United States, which had incited violence in other regions at the time. However, it was later revealed to be a coordinated terrorist attack.

Republicans contend that the Obama administration failed to properly secure the compound, neglected to send military assets to try to save the besieged Americans and then tried to cover up what happened by pushing a misleading narrative to the media in the days that followed.

A USA Today/Pew Research Center Poll released last week shows that only 7% of Americans think security and terrorism are the most important issues facing the United States, far behind the 27% and 21% who cited jobs and health care, respectively.

Asked by Crowley whether Republicans’ hammering on this issue could backfire or seem out of step with Americans’ priorities, Bachmann said, “People can walk and chew gum at the same time.”

The poll results, Bachmann said, “(don’t) diminish the fact that we need to have answers about what happened on that fateful night with four Americans who lost their lives.”

“It’s really clear that the Democrats have tried to sabotage this process from the very beginning. We shouldn’t do that when we have unanswered questions about four people who’ve died.”


  • Mike LaBelle

    Classic response from the DNC, they couldn’t tie their shoes without approval of the administration.

    The RNC is pushing for full disclosure on Benghazi because they as well as the American people want to know the real story and not the BS handed out by the POTUS and Hillary.

  • jim

    Obama was the President then and he is still the President so Benghazi is still his problem. Obama may not have invented the policies of the U.S. in the middle east, but he is the person executing these policies.


    “Republicans contend” in other words the Democrat media spin is for low information voters to ignore the truth because it hurts their precious Democrats.
    Tell me how the Democrats would never use Iraq ,fake war on women,blacks and gays to “gin up their base”
    See Nigeria for a REAL “war on women” and explain why Hillary Clinton protected the terrorists group that snatched the little girls.She wants to be President,so answer the questions instead of lying to the dead widow’s face in front of flag draped coffins that she was going to get the filmmaker of the video.When they knew 2 weeks earlier the cause,and lied to preserve campaign fiction before being elected on a false premise.

  • reeltime

    Debbie. all these families of the dead want are answers. Tell the truth and it will set you free. Many high ranking bi-partison individuals, especially Generals have disputed your claims, are they lieing also to further their carears? I’ll place my $ on the Men and Women of the Armed Forces with integrity.

  • PU.PC

    Party Pravda always slants the news their way.
    Profiled protections for favorites, gays, marijuana, women warriors,
    special interest Over Rule. etc.
    Hides, protects, Blames and covers up anyone responsible for Party
    administrations at local, state, and federal echelons of their Party
    Leaders “That Can’t Handle The Truth”.

  • PU.PC

    Still find it ludicrous that party accepts the facts that
    All the kings horses and all the kings men, still don’t have a
    Clue where the President/Commander-In-Chief was
    during a Terrorist Attack, still haven’t found or prosecuted
    those responsible, and still have to run, hide, escape, evade,
    Blame, Cover-Up, LIE, and Refuse …to be Truthful.
    Party thinks that is Perfectly Politically Correct.

  • Gerry

    President Obama isn’t the first to lose embassy personnel and won’t be the last. What would republican’s have done differently? Make all staff move around in MRAP’s? (how much will that cost?) Station more Marines and mercs in the embassies with better weapons?

  • Lisa

    …or maybe the Benghazi incident involves a conspiracy orchestrated at the highest levels of government to deceive the American people right before an election

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