Republican spotlight shifts from Obama to Clinton
May 9th, 2013
04:28 PM ET
1 year ago

Republican spotlight shifts from Obama to Clinton

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's been in the bull's eye of Republicans and conservatives since 2008, but after Wednesday's hearing on last September's terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, many on the right are shifting their aim at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Soon after the hearing by the GOP-led House Oversight Committee looking into the events surrounding the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, a recently formed pro-Republican opposition research group blasted out an e-mail with the headline "Benghazi Hearing Raises Serious Questions About Clinton."

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  1. just sayin

    Zerubbabel
    Congress has heard testimony from Clinton, Dempsey and Panetta. They have the report chaired by Pickering. This is nothing more than an Issa witch hunt.
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    yeah!!! right on!!! democrats have investigated democrats and they all agree they did the right thing and nobody lied and messed up? how dare all of these nasty people keep asking questions and not believe them!! why can't you just take their word for it and forget about those 4 dead americans?!! people die all the time, right?!! they deserved to die because they should have known better than to do their job and trust their government to protect them.

    nothing to see here people just increase the koolaide dosage until it all seems normal.

    May 9, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    What does it matter now?

    Hey Hillary, It matters because history repeats itself and we need to know exactly what happened for that very reason.
    Stupid brainless dems.

    May 9, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Patrick in Wisconsin

    And the witch hunt continues...

    May 9, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    This Benghazi is bunch bull... Spin by GOP idiots. That's all.

    May 9, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Jules

    SHOCKER – going after Clinton? Instead of finding someone decent to run up against Clinton, let's try to ruin her first and then we will try hindering the vote like we did last time (of course, this is on hold until the next election is closer). I wouldn't trust the GOP in any way, shape or form. They are without morals and without ethics. They don't care what they swore with their hand on the Bible, what they really meant is that we swear to lie, cheat and steal in order to get power. I kind of like Chris Christey, but if he doesn't stand up to these yahoos, I will never vote for him. Let's see how much guts Christey really has.

    May 9, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. One simple question....

    Can somebody please tell me how an ARB investigation of this whole mess that does NOT interview Hillary Clinton and several others intimately involved in the situation, some even on the ground in Libya while the attack occurred, can be considered even remotely complete and accurate?

    To me this is like investigating a plane crash where the pilot survives but you do not interview him about what happened. Please, can somebody answer this?

    May 9, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Jules

    How many congressional hearings were on embassy attacks and deaths during the Bush Administration? Oh, that's right, none.

    May 9, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Nice CNN. That photo caption that reads "Benghazi attack hearing" was ironically accurate...seeing as how that's all these hearings really amount to: attacks.

    May 9, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Four Americans DIED and Obama and Clinton LIED

    So we now know NONE of the intelligence stated anything about a demonstration in Benghazi. The initial talking points clearly stated the attack was an AQ affiliated group attacking the consulate. Where did the BIG LIE of the attack being the result of a video come from? I watched these Sunday shows in disbelief as Rice pushed this BIG LIE and then the Libyan PM stated bluntly and unequivocally it was a terrorist attack. Of course the Libyans were PO'd at being made out to be idiots that didn't know what had happened in their own country. So this BIG LIE hurt our country in its relations with Libya. All this to protect Clinton and Obama politically? Yes. Our country and those 4 dead Americans mattered NOT. The truth matters NOT. Our country is doomed if this travesty is allowed to continue with the truth coming out.

    May 9, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. PJ

    "...........history repeats itself and we need to know exactly what happened for that very reason"......
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    Exactly, which is why we needed hearings on the Iraq war cover-ups and lies. Since that didn't happen
    we have to be sure no Republican sits in the White House until it does.

    May 9, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Blinded by the republican lie

    I watched the hearing..and all this is IS nothing but a witch hunt...Plain as day, just the gotp will spin it any other way.

    May 9, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    PJ

    "...........history repeats itself and we need to know exactly what happened for that very reason"......
    --
    Exactly, which is why we needed hearings on the Iraq war cover-ups and lies. Since that didn't happen
    we have to be sure no Republican sits in the White House until it does.
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    Agreed but then again no democrat should sit in the whitehouse after this either.

    Can you agree on that one?

    May 9, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Tell me democrats, why do you think democrats are perfect and have never done nothing wrong?

    May 9, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Tom

    Far be it from me to interrupt Republicans' latest fantasy, but the futility of this witch hunt is amazing. We're into the third go-round of trying to find some smoking gun evidence to put all the blame of the Benghazi attack on Hillary Clinton. Aside from a lot of Republican bluster, no conclusive evidence has been presented yet. The next Presidential election is still three years away. Most of the major news outlets are basically ignoring the Benghazi hearings. Do Republicans really think they can keep this issue going until 2016? In spite of all the fist pounding and faux outrage on the conservative news outlets this issue will be long dead by 2016 and trying to resurrect it in the Presidential election will fall flat because it will be ancient history. This is nothing more than crazy Republican silliness.

    May 9, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Sorry dems but just because republicans do something wrong doesn't mean it's OK for you to while pointing out their faults and ignoring your own.

    May 9, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. just askin

    PJ
    "...........history repeats itself and we need to know exactly what happened for that very reason"......
    --
    Exactly, which is why we needed hearings on the Iraq war cover-ups and lies. Since that didn't happen
    we have to be sure no Republican sits in the White House until it does.
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    democrats controlled the house and senate from 2006 – 2010. four years to investigate this. too lazy? too incompetent?? why? maybe nothing to investigate as they also voted to go to war and bill clinton was talking about wmds before republicans were. please give this nonsense a rest and address obama's incompetence. this blame bush stuff is rather ridiculous at this point.

    May 9, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Dan5404

    Everyone except extreme right-wingers (who know it, but cover it up) knows these repeated hearings by a totally partisan bunch of witch hunters is for one purpose: To try to head off the obvious next president of the United States with trumped up allegations so that one of the extremist GOP hopefuls might have a chance. These are "guilty even if proven innocent" committees, going in with their own pre-conceived answers, hoping to find some glimmer of a talking point. People like Rand Paul and Canadian Ted Cruz (both laughable for even thinking their extremism could help them win in 2016.) The problem is one they don't understand now any better than they did in 2012...people don't like their political views or practices, it's not a matter of saying it differently, it's the same old crap and far-out candidates that caused them to lose twice.

    May 9, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    " no conclusive evidence has been presented yet"

    Yes, but you have to understand the GOP/Teatroll mentality. They are the brain damaged types who would go into court on a summary judgment motion and tell the judge that the lack of any evidence proving their claim is really just proof that their claim was legitimate and that the other party has covered it all up.

    Elephants hide in strawberry patches.

    You don't say. Really?

    Sure...I mean, have you ever seen an elephant in a strawberry patch?

    No.

    Well, there ya go....they hide like champs, don't they?

    May 9, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. don in albuquerque

    Tell me Liberal Sense--–why do you keep screeching like a six year old? I do not think Dems feel they have never done "nothing" wrong, just as your comments aboiut a dem never sitting in the white house again are complete flotsam. You quickly screech "They Lied!" And you know this how? And what exactly did they lie about? What if these socalled "whistleblowers" have lied? If that were to come out would you stop screeching and try to make some intellegent conversation? Nothing new came out in these hearing, in fact some of the ideas of rescue plans were ludicrous. This whole assult took less then two hours, were they going to dump a company of Marines on them in two hours? Don't think so. They had four men loading on a plane? Really? Four!!! And again they were going to do what?
    There has been lying on both sides for decades, we just threw one of our liars out of office for posting questionable photos on the internet. You guys just voted a thief (stole tax payers) money, aduldterer, and liar into congress? I do not believe you hold any, and I repeat ANY moral highground.

    May 9, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. rs

    Hey Hillary, It matters because history repeats itself and we need to know exactly what happened for that very reason.
    Stupid brainless dems.
    _____________________________
    Well, you may be right (in a way). It kept on happening under Bush (12 embassies attacked, 55 fatalities) and the GOP did nothing at all.

    May 9, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. rs

    ""It is increasingly looking like the only president named Clinton may be Bill," said Castellanos, who is spearheading a new super PAC called NewRepublican.org to refocus the party's messaging and policy goals.."
    _________________________
    And that my friends is what really concerns Republicans- certainly not the fact that 4 (more) brave State Department workers died in the line of duty in a dangerous country. Republicans have NEVER cared about that.

    May 9, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. One simple question....

    One simple question....

    Can somebody please tell me how an ARB investigation of this whole mess that does NOT interview Hillary Clinton and several others intimately involved in the situation, some even on the ground in Libya while the attack occurred, can be considered even remotely complete and accurate?

    To me this is like investigating a plane crash where the pilot survives but you do not interview him about what happened. Please, can somebody answer this?

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    anybody??? hellooooo!!! It is a rather simple question. Where is the answer?

    May 9, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Name willard

    I am feeling little belived that presdient obama was fault without cabient team for 4 year and leak at white house
    In an email sent to conervatives
    Former u n ambassador john bolton said what happened with benzghina is not how it supposed
    To be handeld and I think it could be things point for the obama
    I ask people that why presdient obama make ingore at benzghina lybia
    What happened about 4 amercian at benzghina lybia

    May 9, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Name willard

    I don't understand why hillary clinton said accepet from presdient obama what about death 4 amercian at bengzhina lybia so I think maybe presdient obama get trying hand off at benzghina lybia

    May 9, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    The real target of this "McCarthy" witch hunt was Hillary Clinton, not the president. Appears Republicans have started early on 2016 campaigning.

    May 9, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |