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. HarveyY

    Republicans accusing the administration of lying? The pot calling the kettle black.

    December 2, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Phill R

    Says the one who has lied more times than has had steak dinners....what a joke.

    December 2, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. One island

    Lying to a new level? That would be G. W. Bush. "This war with Afghanistan will only cost $87 Billion dollars. We need to do this." "We need to give corporations huge tax breaks so they can employee more people." Love this one when the people who were employed were all in China and American workers suffered the highest unemployment in 40 years. and my favorite "You're doing a great job Brownie!"

    December 2, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Lenny Pincus

    A typical, political ploy by a knee jerk conservative.

    December 2, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. John the Electrician

    Yeah and nobady lied about Iraq.

    December 2, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. S. B. Stein

    I don't think Cornyn really wants to keep the Republicans voting for him. This is the only way he sees how to do it. He isn't really interested in getting to the truth like many other ideologues.

    December 2, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. are122

    when the administration decides to cover this up and mislead and to change the subject as they seem to be very good at doing.” <~~~ Well at least you've discovered something they are good at doing!!

    December 2, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. Michael Bertalot

    I'm glad to see one of our elected representatives continuing to tackle this administration's horrible approach to their responsibilities. Their amateurism and ineptness is incredible and their attempts to cover up their failings, both accidental and deliberate, is criminal. Please keep the pressure on. Hopefully the voters will find the wisdom to realize how badly they've been misled.

    December 2, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. tired

    sorry, but as someone who comes out of the texas good-old-boy political system, cornyn has no credibility making any kind of statement dealing with lying or integrity. texas is a textbook study in cronyism. cornyn has contributed little in his current position and only makes a play at using the right buzz words to get reelected.

    December 2, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. Catmandew

    Smoke and mirrors from all the politicians! This administration does seem to have that MO down pretty good. But to be honest all the politicians do it. Just they usually don't destroy as much stuff as this group has! Healthcare insurance for the millions that had it and were being responsible out the window for the 30 or so million that didn't . It would've been cheaper just to give them about 2 million apiece to spend only on healthcare by the time they'd spent it all a reasonable solution could've been worked out.

    December 2, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. MBL

    Hmm...Watergate, Trickle-down economics is good for the middle class, Saddam has weapons of mass destruction. Maybe I am missing something here about a new level...

    December 2, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. unretired05

    What every politician I've ever seen want you to believe is that everybody else is lying, while they insist that they are truthful.

    December 2, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    Well, it's no surprise the GOP has to find another "winning strategy" now that the ACA website issue is coming apart. This won't work just like everything else they've tried but it's good entertainment.

    December 2, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. eww

    The damnifying aspect Cornyn's comment is that had the states who chose not to set up their own exchanges, which are primarily states with republican governors), in essence established the exchange, there wouldn't be the problem as much of a problem with the rollout as there has been.

    December 2, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. Steve

    When anyone defending the lies is called to explain the language and promises, they immediately go into how much better THESE policies are than the crappy old ones. Hence – the lie is justified.

    December 2, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. Rick

    We just need to look at what Budget Director Art Pope in NC has done. A multi Millionaie, who places dollar stores in poor communities to make his millions. He has funded millions of this money to reduce funding for Education. suppress the voting rights of the people, taken away any Health care of the people. He is making the people his slaves, with the reduced education. Now the NAACP is disclosing who the real Art Pope is in NC. Telling the people how he has taken their money to become a multi millionaire and now using that money against them. He is the worst of TRAITORS and has betrayed the people of NC. Cornyn fits right in with this guy. Republicans are of the same mold.

    December 2, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. Jim

    Gee, if CNN and the NY Times is unconcerned with the repeated lies of the President, who are we to be upset?

    December 2, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  18. Peppy

    It is good to see someone stating the way things are. Cornyn hits the nail on the head. Before you post a Bush response, try to keep up, were on Obam now .

    December 2, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Get over it no one cares

    December 2, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. Vence

    We should tell this Senator that Bush lies cost more that 3000 lives. He didn't do anything!

    December 2, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  21. Bing

    Don't sell yourself short about the "level" of liar that you and your esteaming collegues are Cornyn, although you do raise the bar on being a joke.

    December 3, 2013 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  22. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Republicans besmirching the honesty of anyone is a real laugher. From Nixon, (I am not a crook) to Ford, (You are pardoned and there was no deal) to Reagan, (How did all my cabinet members end up in jail) to the Two Georges (Who apparently share the same brain) Republicans would not know the truth if the accidently stepped in it.

    But then, I could just be fooled by their combined records in public office.

    December 3, 2013 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  23. DixonIV

    I believe Obama said what he said to prevent us from sending our troops in to another quagmire. I believe the drum beat from the right who haven't seen a war they didn't like were being tempered. Unlike Bush who lied to start a new war in Iraq where thousands of our best men and women were killed. I just don't get why the Republicans are so angry about this. They forced big cuts to security in the embassies, then complain there wasn't enough.

    December 3, 2013 03:34 am at 3:34 am |

    The Guns Over People tea potty desperately lying now. 2014 comes quickly for them all.

    December 3, 2013 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  25. Sean

    When everything is redacted or not released, it makes investigations impossible. No transparency whatsoever from this administration.

    He forgot the Fast & Furious scandal in which this administration purposefully released high powered weapons to straw buyers for the Mexican cartels... with the intention of using the guns found in Mexico as political capital to enact gun bans here.

    Sounds ridiculous, but the gun shop owners long BEFORE the shooting of Americans were complaining that the ATF was forcing them to sell guns to straw buyers, as they were worried they were being set up by the ATF. Forced to sell these guns today under ATF authority, burned by ATF tomorrow for doing so.

    Turns out, that wasn't the purpose, and the goal was much larger than the gun shops.

    December 3, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
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