Sen. Cornyn: 'Administration has taken lying to a new level'
December 2nd, 2013
05:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Sen. Cornyn: 'Administration has taken lying to a new level'

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration isn’t always truthful with the American people, a top Republican senator charged Monday.

“I think the current administration has taken lying to a new level,” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said bluntly as he tied the administration’s flawed explanations about the deadly incident at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya to its faulty promises about the new healthcare reform law.

“Since the terrible tragedy that took four American lives in Benghazi, we’ve had difficulty, to put it mildly, trying to get to the bottom of this,” the second-ranking Senate Republican said during a Google Hangout session he held while the Senate is on recess.  “Now the goal is to talk to the Benghazi survivors – people who were actually there who could tell the truth and expose what happened and hold the people responsible accountable.  This has been a cover up from the very beginning.”

Cornyn, a frequent administration critic who is running for re-election, said that same lack of accountability is resurfacing as the White House tries to explain the problems with Obamacare.

“To me, that’s the one thing I find most aggravating about what’s happening in Washington these days, particularly about this administration.  Which is a lack of accountability and the willingness to mislead people or provide them just demonstrably false information and expect to be able to move on,” he said.  “We’ve seen this most recently in the health care debate over ‘if you like what you have you can keep it,’ something that we can go back to 2010 and demonstrate that the Department of Health and Human Services knew was false.”

Cornyn said Republicans are trying to get to the bottom of Benghazi and the health law promises but are struggling to do so “when the administration decides to cover this up and mislead and to change the subject as they seem to be very good at doing.”

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    If this dipstick could read, he could find out there was no neglect, only lies from the right wing hate machine. If lying was against the law, there would not be an elected republican in congress or the senate.

    December 2, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Anyone interested in signing up for Cornyn Care?

    December 2, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Only republican schmucks rejoice that 50 million people who have a pre existing condition or have no health care.

    December 2, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Republican governors have hurt 5 million of their own voters by not taking the Medicare expansion money.

    December 2, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Mr. M

    The latest Gallop poll has government with a 6% approval-rating.

    Let me clue you in on something. When you have a 6% rating not even your own family likes you. You are irrelevant.

    A government with a 6% approval-rating isn't even a government, it's a cancerous tumor that needs to be removed.

    December 2, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Medicaid, oops.

    December 2, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Leroy

    Cornyn is a certified nut job!

    December 2, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. Norbo

    Wolf, you are not in tune with reality, and you are out of touch with international reactions to issues such as having the NSA tap into the German chancellor's cell phone for years.
    Should a U.S. Senator call the President a liar? Should a President (Obama) call his predecessor (Bush) incompetent? Fact is, President Obama is not telling the truth, or he is totally, hopelessly oblivious to what's going on in his administration. Witness the latest "progress report" on Obamacare. Isn't it your job to be ob jextive? To report the news and nothing but the truth?

    December 2, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    That would be an understatement, at best. Obama's lies have been outrageous.

    December 2, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. ChrisM

    John Cornyn, Ted Cruz and Louis Gohmert all from Texas, can take a hike. Keep up the hatefilled speeches repubs, Texas will be blue before you know it.

    December 2, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "“Since the terrible tragedy that took four American lives in Benghazi, we’ve had difficulty, to put it mildly, trying to get to the bottom of this,” "

    Since the terrible tragedy that took four American lives in Benghazi, we’ve had difficulty, to put it mildly, trying to manipulate the hearings process to prove that it all went down the way we said it did BEFORE we ever had any evidence whatsoever.


    Such is the problem when you invent your verdict before you collect your evidence and try to shoe-horn it all in backwards.

    December 2, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "people who were actually there who could tell the truth and expose what happened "

    Yeah, like that guy on 60 Minutes? I bet Lara Logan is soooo enjoying her "vacation" time.

    December 2, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. James C.Brancaccio

    People like him should be more careful who they are calling since he has told a few himself

    December 2, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. 1twinsfan

    Hey Cornyn, contact Lara Logan of CBS. She can connect you with a guy who was there.

    December 2, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. cora marshall

    All other political ticker articles have one or two paragraphs. Readers have to click to see full article EXCEPT WHEN CRITICIZING the administration as being full of liars. Is CNN the new FOX lite?

    December 2, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. Mike in Texas

    Now that the website should be working much better it's back to Benghazi. Cornyn is a waste of a Senator for my State of Texas. Texas hasn't had a good senator since Lloyd Benston.

    December 2, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Thomas

    I only have one word for Sen. John Cornyn of Texas .


    December 2, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. ghostwriter

    Someone please tell me what republicans are trying to find out about Benghazi that we don't already know?

    December 2, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Al

    Sadly four died in the embassy, during the Bush term three times that died in embassies! Obama has a flawed roll out of a computer program, no one died, President Cheney had WMD's an thousands and thousands died in a needless war. Is this guy serious????

    December 2, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Samwise636

    So he's saying that Obama lies. Why is this even news?! The entire country has finally seen through Obama's lies. Why do you think his approval numbers have plummeted below 40%?

    From Fast & Furious to Benghazi to the IRS to the NSA and now to Obamacare, the president has been less than forthcoming with the truth. That's the polite way of saying that he lied!

    Now CNN wants us to be shocked that a republican called Obama a liar. Sorry, but Cornyn is just stating a known fact.

    December 2, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. wmontanye

    Not getting anymore traction out of the ACA, Time to go rehash Benghazi. IRS will be next. Were is the outrage on the government shutdown??

    December 2, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Cyprustree

    This is something like the pot calling the kettle black. Republicans have done nothing but try to deceive the American people ever since Obama was elected. I'm sorry, but some GOPer blathering on about the Democrats lying has no credibility at all. BOTH sides are liars and they ALL need to be tossed out on their ear – or rear, whichever you prefer.

    December 2, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. timelord7202

    Says the guy who voted NO to halt corporate welfare given to companies that offshore jobs (source: ontheissues, HR2005-63. Why does he have any credibility?

    December 2, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |

    Where was he during the Iraq war

    December 2, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Cricket666

    Typical clueless republican statements. Get a life fool!

    December 2, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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