January 16th, 2014
06:06 PM ET
7 months ago

Adviser: Clinton will 'never' get political with Benghazi

(CNN) - With Republicans renewing their call for accountability after the deadly 2012 consulate attack in Benghazi, an adviser for Hillary Clinton said Thursday the former Secretary of State will not engage in the political debate.

"Four Americans lost their lives. We have never and will never approach this tragedy through the prism of politics. If others continue to do so for their own gain, they're going to have to do it without us," the adviser told CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott.

After a new Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the assault was "likely preventable" and in part placed blame on the State Department, some Republican lawmakers began invoking Clinton's name this week.

GOP turns new fire on Clinton after Benghazi report

Clinton is putting the finishing touches on her upcoming book, and those close to her say the book will address Benghazi.

They also say she knows she will have to respond to the Republican attacks if she runs for president, but she's trying to keep the issue out of the political fray for as long as possible


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    I don't give darn hoot at your BENGHAZI. It is 10,000 miles away–not part of USA.

    January 16, 2014 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. ChrisM

    It always amazes me that the republicans will use the 4 Americans that died in Benghazi as Political Pawns.
    My son died in Iraq and I would sue the sobs if they used him as a political pawn

    January 16, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. w l jones

    Some people have never been in a swift of air of a hostile country gun range and know what go on on the ground. Said enough.

    January 16, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Caption under that horrific picture: "Military was unprepared for Benghazi?". I don't know and the loss of those
    four lives is a human tragedy.

    What I do know is that our military was sent to Iraq "unprepared". The proven lies that put our troops in harm's
    way is also a human tragedy. One that was planned and executed by Bush and Company, and sorely
    mismanaged. Promises of "candy and flowers" became a reality of torture, death, and wounded soldiers
    all in the name of what?
    So beat your drum of outrage over Benghazi, while you ignore that fact that some from the former
    Administration can no longer travel to certain countries because they are under the threat of "war crime"
    trials.

    I will never forget.

    January 16, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Clinton was totally immersed in the video lies and total cover up of the truth about Benghazi. The people have to demand the truth, because the truth is being covered up, with Clinton's knowledge and participation, in the cover up.

    January 16, 2014 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Ol' Yeller

    The new Senate Investigative Report indicates Andrew Stevens was offered extra security on two different occasions and declined both times.
    I'm sure he was somehow pressured by Obama and Hillary for political reasons.
    It is sad there are 'leaders' out there who would try and use this tragedy for their own selfish political gain.

    January 16, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. O'drama Ya Mama

    "Four Americans lost their lives. We have never and will never approach this tragedy through the prism of politics. If others continue to do so for their own gain, they're going to have to do it without us," the adviser told CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott.

    BOOM!

    January 16, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Conjunction Junction

    That is to say, not again.

    January 16, 2014 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Taking the high road is good but standing by passively while the Republican Tea Party political dirty tricksters are "swift boating" you with lies and misinformation is not a good idea. Hillary Clinton should have a "rapid response truth team" to counter lies, rumors, personal attacks, and misinformation.

    January 16, 2014 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. alex

    Smart lady! And clearly possessing more respect towards Americans who have lost their lives overseas than the arrogant republicans.

    January 16, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Harold Read

    Hillary DOES NOT have to answer anything about Benghazi:
    – it was a spontaneous attack by a group of protestors that were upset about the YpuTube movie
    – the YouTube movie maker was arrested and thrown in jail
    – we do not have to waste time on a trial since none of the perpetrators were caught.

    Hillary just has to run on Bill's successes and achievements and the sheep will eat it up like candy.

    January 16, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. Joe H Fletcher

    That's like Nixon saying I'll never get political with "Watergate", she's so above politics; or was that below?

    January 16, 2014 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. bobo

    Questions STILL need to be answered!!! Since Obama & Hillary Clinton knew the Benghazi attack WAS a terrorist attack within a HOUR of it happening.... Why did they send out Susan Rice to say it was about a Video? Why lie? Terrorism happens! Why did the CIA say more security was needed there but no extra security was given?

    January 16, 2014 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. S. B. Stein

    It was something that the GOP got political with real quickly. They don't want to admit anything could have been anyone else's fault but Clinton.

    January 16, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    Preemptive comments to all the RWNJs: Why President Obama would "let" 4 Americans die (when over 20 were saved), when saving them all would have been much more politically advantageous so close to the 2012 election. (While you're pondering this, please also cite ONE instance of a tragedy – everything from 9/11 to the Sandy Hook shooting – when the initial reports were 100% accurate).

    January 16, 2014 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    Preemptive comment to the RWNJs and their reaction to Benghazi:

    Were you this upset when the 13 American diplomatic missions were attacked during the Bush Administration? Hell, were you this upset when 9/11 happened – on Bush's watch? Did you demand Bush's resignation for letting 3,000 people die, for reacting like a deer in the headlights when he heard about the planes hitting the towers, when you learned that he ignored a memo specifically warning of that type of attack, when he and Dick refused to testify under oath (on condition that no recording devices of any kind be used) behind closed doors about the attacks?

    January 16, 2014 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    Some FACTS for the RWNJs to chew on: When the decision was made to keep the special forces team in Tripoli, the four Americans were already dead (the mortar attack was over). A Defense Department drone watched overhead in Benghazi as Libyan militia members helped Americans get to the airport.

    That's right: About 30 Americans were SAVED. If President Obama and his administration had "deserted" them, then why was the effort made to save as many as they could?

    *crickets*

    January 16, 2014 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    Daryl Issa's been in Congress since 2001 ... I don't recall him calling for hearings about these incidents under Bush's watch:

    2002 U.S. Embassy Karachi, Pakistan: 10 killed, 51 injured
    2004 U. S. Embassy bombed in Uzbekistan: 2 killed, several injured.
    2004 U.S. Consulate Saudi Arabia: 8 killed
    2006 US. Embassy Syria: 1 killed, several injured
    2007 U.S. Embassy -Athens: building bombed with an anti-tank grenade...fortunately no one was in the building at the time.
    2008-U.S. Embassy – Serbia: 1 dead; Embassy set on fire
    2008- U. S. Embassy- Yemen- bombed 10 killed

    January 16, 2014 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  19. IA

    All I ask is for BO, Hillary, somebody explain why the video? Even more so now that it is out that the Administration knew the night of the attack that the attack was not a spontaneos event caused by a video. My sympathies to those family members at the hangar when the caskets arrived. And she wants to be POTUS? Sad.

    January 17, 2014 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  20. Anonymous

    "won't get political"??? from the same woman who was voting against the surge in iraq for purely political reasons. and how convenient to never have to answer for her role on that night and the lack of security before the attack. face it hillary, the 3am phone call came and neither you nor that lair-in-chief were up to the task. you are the last person i would want commanding the military. you'd be another obama-style disaster for this country. no thanks.

    January 17, 2014 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  21. Marie MD

    The definition of insanity from the right makes it soooooooooo true.
    There is NOTHING about Benghazi to blame anyone.
    The joke here is Senate "intelligence" of any sort.
    This is not going to stick to her because there's nothing to stick. The only ones obsessed by Benghazi are the fools on the right who see their future going down the toilet.

    January 17, 2014 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  22. A True Conservative

    Just like Obama, she will simply refuse to discuss it......how's that for transparency for ya? At least Christie was a man and took responsibility for what happened......Obama and Clinton take responsibility for NOTHING. Disgusting!

    January 17, 2014 07:19 am at 7:19 am |