ICYMI: Rubio Discusses Benghazi Hearing On FOX & Friends
Rubio: "Someone needs to be held accountable for what has happened here. But it’s also about preventing this from happening in the future."
May 09 2013
Senator Marco Rubio
May 9, 2013
Senator Marco Rubio: “Very insightful, and there’s a lot to be learned about now. Here’s what we know now about Benghazi. First of all, that post shouldn’t have been open and the people in charge of that, Secretary Clinton and the State Department, had a steady stream of reporting that showed how dangerous it was. It was one of the reasons why the British pulled out of there, so we knew it was a dangerous place to begin with. Second, they didn’t have adequate security for the place, so it was dangerous and then they left it open, and they didn’t give them adequate security. Third, apparently they didn’t give them enough response teams to respond to any sort of attack. And fourth, now there are people saying that maybe there could have been something done for the second wave of the attack but they didn’t let us go. So these four things are very, very troubling. And I just want to congratulate those like Fox News and others that have kept on this issue. Because this is not about politics, this is about accountability. Someone needs to be held accountable for what has happened here. But it’s also about preventing this from happening in the future. If we don’t know what honestly happened here, how are we going to prevent this from happening in the future to other diplomatic outposts around the world. This is not about hurting anyone politically, this is about getting to the truth, so that people can be held accountable and so we can prevent this from happening again in the future.”
Rubio: “Number one is the president was in the middle of his reelection and one of his talking points was that terrorism has been defeated and he had defeated it, and this ran counter of that narrative. They didn’t want to admit it was a terrorist attack because to admit it was a terrorist attack, was to admit terrorism is still out there and reaching us. So that’s the reason why they sent the order – in my opinion, in some way, shape or form – they sent the order that these talking points should not be allowed to include any reference to terrorism, per se, or at least acting like a terrorist attack, but rather they need to be told that this was something that was the result of a YouTube video. So I think that was the political motivation behind it. What I think is sad is how many people are around the administration, including the former Secretary of State, Secretary Clinton, knew this to be the case, and allowed this to move forward anyway. You would’ve hoped that people would have stepped up and said this was wrong and the American people deserve the truth. That didn’t happen.”