Clinton on Offense in Nationally Televised NH Town Hall
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has gone on the offensive at her latest campaign stop in New Hampshire.
She started by accusing Republicans of exploiting the Benghazi attack in Libya.
“I would never have done that,” Clinton shot back. “Look at the situation they chose to exploit to go after me for political reasons, the death of four Americans in Benghazi. I knew [Ambassador Christopher Stevens]. I identified him. I asked him to go there. I asked the president to nominate him.”
She admitted that it may have been the wrong choice, but she was cleared of any wrongdoing by nonpartisan investigations.
“I and nobody did anything wrong, but there were changes we could make,” she added.
She slammed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for bragging about her declining poll numbers as a result of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
“This committee was set up, as they have admitted, for the purpose of making a partisan political issue out of the deaths of four Americans,” Clinton said. “I would never have done that. If I were president and there were Republicans or Democrats thinking about that, I would have done everything to shut it down.”
The Hill reports:
Clinton will testify in front of the committee later this month in what will be a critical moment for her presidential hopes.
She declined Monday to follow the lead of some Democrats, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who have called for the committee to be shut down in the wake of McCarthy’s remarks. “That’s up to the Congress,” Clinton said. “If they’re going to have it still running, I’ll be there, and I’m looking forward to answering questions about real things when I’m there.”
Still, the Benghazi Select Committee’s revelation that Clinton used a private email account and server has contributed to her falling polling numbers, as an increasing number of voters now say she’s not honest or trustworthy.
See the full story at The Hill.
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