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2016 presidential preview? Marco Rubio criticizes Hillary Clinton on Benghazi

by George Bennett | May 9th, 2013

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, reacting on Fox News this morning to Wednesday’s House hearing on September’s Benghazi terrorist attack, faulted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for not speaking out against the Obama administration’s initial suggestion that the deadly attack was prompted by demonstrations over a crudely produced anti-Islamic YouTube video.

Rubio said the administration pushed the YouTube story because President Barack Obama “was in the middle of his re-election and one of his talking points was that terrorism has been defeated and he had defeated it, and this ran counter of that narrative.”

Initial Benghazi scapegoat Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.

Later, Rubio added: “What I think is sad is how many people are around the administration — including the former Secretary of State, Secretary Clinton — knew this to be the case, and allowed this to move forward anyway. You would’ve hoped that people would have stepped up and said this was wrong and the American people deserve the truth. That didn’t happen.”

Rubio and Clinton both figure prominently in the 2016 presidential chatter of their respective parties. They faced off over Benghazi during a January Senate hearing, but their exchange didn’t produce fireworks.

The January hearing is best remembered for Clinton’s “What difference at this point does it make?” response after Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., repeatedly asked her why the administration didn’t abandon the YouTube story earlier.

53 Responses to “2016 presidential preview? Marco Rubio criticizes Hillary Clinton on Benghazi”

  1. greg Says:

    isn’t this the same party that sat back and watched George bush exterminate 100,000 innocent Iraqis and 5,000 American kids and never said “boo”? let’s move on, Rubio….you have lots of work to do before the election.

  2. Now That's Funny Says:

    No, Greg, that’s the head count from Obama’s drone strikes.

  3. David 2 Says:

    To put it charitably, Rubio is a dork. He’ll say or do anything that will advance his or the GOP’s interest even if it’s bad for the country and its people. Benghazi could have been handled differently – no argument. Was there treason, incompetance, a cover-up, or some other sneaky activities? No evidence of any of that has been found. It’s pure politics. If the GOP talks about Benghazi, it changes the subject from other areas, like gun control or imigration. Rubio should try to do the job he was elected to do, not start running for president.

  4. greg Says:

    now that’s funny, you know, your radio probably has FM too….

  5. John Says:

    Amazing how dems (i.e. Greg and David) will say and do anything to cover-up Obama and his lying and sneaky administration. Bottom line 4 are dead and Obama, Clinton, Rice ……. covered it all up to get Obama re-elected.

  6. Hank Shae Says:

    … good American die..Democrats lie..They have blood on their hands and all the liberal media and their brainwashed simpletons can say is “Bush”..
    If Benghazi and drone attacks happened on Bush’s watch, we would hear abut it 24/7 non stop..

  7. marco rubio not good with bright lights Says:

    the classic marco rubio, the drink of water. marco rubio is ready to be president the same way george w bush was, in a comedy not a drama. hilary rodham clinton has spent a lifetime getting ready to be president, the republicans are floundering

  8. TonyLebl Says:

    You guys a extremely funny or who knows what. Are you guys accusing the President and the Secretary of State of the killing in Benghazi? Cover up to be re-elected? Do you guys really believed that Mitt Romney was going to win after changing his position so many times? Obama won because the GOP didn’t have a serious candidate and because they are mixing politics and religion. I reality the only thing we can do is learn and do better next time. Both parties have done similar things. Welcome to Politics! Marco Rubio is just a puppet for the Cuban powerhouse of the Florida GOP. By the way I know personally Ileana Ross and Mario Diaz and know how the monkey dance. Talking nonese wont do any good.

  9. Bito Says:

    Hey, John, Over 3000 died in Iraq based on a LIE, Any comments about it? Besides that is in the past????? Another right wing NUT CASE trying to prove their point when there isn`t one.

  10. SciGuy Says:

    Here, Rubio, fetch! Here, Rubio, sit! Here, Rubio, roll over! Good, Rubio, here’s a treat for doing all the tricks that the Rethuglicans tell you to do just like “deer in the headlights” W. Rubio is becoming the Latino version of ol’ Allen West, the pinup guy of the Tea Party misfits. I hope Rubio has had his rabies shot in case he decides to bite someone. Oh, did Rubio do any military time in uniform? Good thing.

  11. Michael Cohen Says:

    IT will be be a blessing for the Democrats if he is their candidate in 2016. He is an idiot, but the Republicans may think he might get some Hispanic votes.
    As for Benghazi, the president said it was a terrorist attack right after it happened. And that idiotic Mormon brought it up during the debates and Obama played back he tape of that News conference. That ended that debate, But the Republicans will not let die. Now they are saying that it will force Obama from office. How? If there an impeachment, the senate holds the trial and it is controlled by Democrats.
    If the Republicans want to make it an issue in 2016, it will be a blessing for the Democrats because 99% of the public would not even know what they are talking about.

  12. Downtown Danny Says:

    Republicans to this day have refused to have one hearing on that!

  13. John Says:

    Greg, No NUT job here. Over 3,000 Americans did not die at WTC on 9/11 based on a lie, nor was all done to protect our asses from verified Iraqi lunatics. War has never been pretty. I appreciate all our soldiers have done since 1776 to keep me and all Americans free.

  14. John Says:

    Danny, You sound like Dems at the Bengazi hearing yesterday. Grasping at straws.

  15. Spin Detective Says:

    President Barack “Benghazi” Obama was sound asleep as his ambassador was being murdered. DNC spin can’t bring four dead Americans back to life.

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  18. Hank Shae Says:

    Repubs and Democrats lie all the time. The media does not hold Democrats responsible when they do. Anyone who believes the media should be disqualified from voting due to ignorance and gullibility.

  19. כהן הוא אידיוט Says:

    @Cohen,name calling, the libs only way when truth and fact become apparent.Keep smoking Mike.While you were fleecing the kids with your BS, you began to believe it too. You really should stop smoking dope, your dopey enough, now go and wipe that brown spot off your nose, Obama already has a kiss ass, THE MEDIA!

  20. Hank Shae Says:

    Romney was attacked for telling the truth in a feeble way. He does not have a killer instinct like Joe Biden and his nasty liberal cohorts.

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