WASHINGTON — This morning, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus joined Chris Wallace of FOX’s “Fox News Sunday” to discuss Hillary Clinton and Benghazi. View transcript excerpts below and watch the clip here.
Hillary Clinton Playing Politics with Benghazi
CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS: …Hillary has been playing politics with this issue from the very beginning. Now she's launching a political defense, an organized political defense…How did this chapter get leaked to the newspaper? It got leaked because their people are trying to stop any more criticism that she's been receiving on Benghazi…Hillary Clinton is politics 24/7. This is no different…She needs to answer the tough questions as to what happened.
Hillary Clinton Failed to Report For Duty
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: …Why was it that Hillary Clinton was not the person on television that Sunday morning? How was that Susan Rice was chosen? In December of 2012, Susan Rice said the reason Hillary Clinton didn't show up on television that morning was that she had a grueling week and was tired…either Susan Rice is telling the truth and Hillary Clinton was tired and failed to report for duty…Or second, Susan Rice is lying and in fact Hillary Clinton wasn't tired and that's not the reason she didn't report for duty. The fact is Hillary Clinton has to answer these questions, number one. And number two, if she's even thinking about running for president, I think that she has been disqualified because of her actions here.
Parallels Between Benghazi and the VA Scandal
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: …I also think that brings us back to Barack Obama. Here's the President that in 2005 when he was Senator, he said he was going to fix this issue in regard to the VA…Obama also said if you recall in 2008 that no detail, no issue is too small for him to tackle. Yet, now he comes on television two days ago and said, listen, the Secretary of the VA couldn't possibly know the details underneath because it's unfortunate he wasn't getting the information. Hillary Clinton saying the same thing…now you're launching a political response and saying that you don't want to play politics. I don't think she's any different than Barack Obama. I think they're one in the same.
Hillary Clinton’s Record
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: …I think her career over a long period of time is insignificant in accomplishment… I think she gets an F as Secretary of State. Whether it is Russia, Iran sanctions…and now obviously Benghazi. Go to her Senate seat… what is there? I don't know. Her days as first lady, granted some turbulent times…what does she have there?
Chairman Priebus on Hillary Clinton’s Plans for 2016
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: …I actually doubt -- I don't know whether she's going to run. I doubt if she continues to have the trouble she's having with -- if she is going to run. I know publishers of the book create this environment to make a lot of money. That's what Hillary Clinton is doing. She's making a lot of money. She’s writing books. She’s doing speeches. All this talk helps her make money. As long as she's making money, she's going to keep this up.
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