John Bolton's super PAC to launch first ad in New Hampshire
July 16th, 2014
06:09 PM ET
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John Bolton's super PAC to launch first ad in New Hampshire

(CNN) - John Bolton's super PAC is making its first foray into New Hampshire with an online ad attacking a Democratic congresswoman for fumbling an answer on Benghazi.

A former U.N. ambassador, Bolton and his group aim to make national security a major issue on the campaign trail and is supporting Republican candidates in tight midterm contests.

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Bolton, who's teased a White House run in 2016, appears in the ad that will run for a minimum of two weeks in the crucial presidential primary state.

The digital ad, the group's first independent expenditure, is set to release Thursday.

The spot slams Rep. Ann Kuster of New Hampshire for a muddled answer to a constituent's question regarding the establishment of a select committee to investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

"Congresswoman Ann Kuster is clueless about Benghazi," the narrator in the video says followed by a clip of the Democratic representative faltering to deliver an answer.

"We're certainly not here to talk about it," Kuster said in the video from a town hall-style meeting.

"We're here to talk about the Middle East," she said, prompting calls from the crowd: "That is the Middle East."

Bolton called the congresswoman's answer "shocking at best."

"Having a basic understanding of the Middle East and America's security concerns in Benghazi should be a fundamental qualification to be in Congress and Ann Kuster should know better. New Hampshire deserves an informed representative who isn't afraid to take a lead on both domestic and foreign affairs."

Bolton's super PAC is spending $30,000 on the buy and said it will run for a minimum of two weeks in the state. Overall, the super PAC has raised $3 million and has $2.5 million cash on hand.

New Hampshire Democrats shot back at the outside spending.

"It's disappointing that out-of-state Super PACs continue to pour money into New Hampshire to try and buy congressional seats. New Hampshire families deserve better," Julie McClain, the Democratic Party communications director.

And Bolton's efforts may not have much of an effect as Kuster leads three largely unknown GOP opponents.

Bolton himself, has contributed to a number of Republican candidates for Senate in an effort to help sway the congressional majority in the GOP's favor come November's midterm election.

Democrats have a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party). But in the midterms, the party is defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states.

Watch the ad:

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Nobody listens to this clown anymore. Except maybe Sean Hannity and Dick Cheney. And I see he still has not learned to buy shirts that fit correctly.

    July 16, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. rs

    This will be the Clown car driver if he runs!

    July 16, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Thomas

    John Bolton,

    A former U.N. ambassador, Bolton and his group aim to finally put an end to the whereabouts of the WMD's in Iraq .

    Neocons for Truth is a SuperPac who's only concern is Security by compromising those that can't take the TRUTH !

    July 16, 2014 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Crayfiosh2790

    Great. Now we have an Ignorance PAC from the guy the whole UN hated.

    July 16, 2014 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This Horse's rear end is still in the news?

    July 16, 2014 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. jinx9to88

    Damn where do the GOP find these guys? Issa couldn't find anything on Benghazi and then they assign another GOP crazy to investigate and guess what, he hasn't found anything. The GOP is running out of people to investigate Bengahzi. LMAO!!!

    July 16, 2014 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. S. B. Stein

    Bolton should say where the money is coming from and state why he is doing it. Without full disclosure, it could be funded by non-Americans. He needs to state where he is coming from; his perspective. Also, what committees is the member of the House on? If she is on a foreign policy committee, then there should be some concern, but I don't think it matters as much if she isn't there.

    July 16, 2014 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. king

    i want every repub senate candidate to answer a question about the 13 benghazies under the bush administration are you kidding me at least we only had one benghazy and zero wars. i know the repubs are sick with envy that this administration is going through 2 terms without no real chaos, only the fabricated lies they are spewing.

    July 16, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Who on Earth would donate to "wrong way" Bolton?

    July 16, 2014 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. Name uche agonsi

    It's the economy stupid.

    July 17, 2014 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Keep it up with Benghazi. There are 13 attacks and over 50 deaths that shrub #43 can't get away from.

    July 17, 2014 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  12. salty dog

    Benghazi huh, good luck with that. Never mind I refuse to do anything until were in power, look at her, she's a Democrat, no doubt this will rally the brain dead base,beyond that?

    July 17, 2014 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Why doesn't he mind his own business? New Hampshire is no concern of Bolton's.

    July 17, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    The GOP. The Queens of taking phrases out of context. That's the only way they can win. Also their supporters understand sound bites best. Pathetic.

    July 17, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |