Cruz demands answers on Benghazi, IRS, ObamaCare at SOTU

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday called on President Obama to use his State of the Union address on Tuesday to answer questions about the 2012 attack that killed four U.S. officials in Benghazi, Libya, as well as other issues like IRS targeting and ObamaCare.

Cruz is one of several Republicans who have argued that the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the attacks found that U.S. officials had warning that an attack was imminent. That report also found that the State Department could have increased security in response to these threats, and that the U.S. military could have arrived more quickly to help.

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One of the questions Cruz wants answered is whether the Obama administration will ask Congress to form a select committee to investigate the attack. A statement from Cruz's office released on Monday noted that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked "what difference, at this point, does it make?" about why the attack happened, but said this answer is not good enough.

"But with all due respect to Secretary Clinton, we still do not know why the Obama administration took no steps to protect our people, why they took no steps to prevent the attacks, why they claimed an Internet video was to blame, why they insist there is no al Qaida connection to the attacks, why no one from our government has been held responsible for these failures, and why no terrorist has been punished for the attacks," Cruz's statement said. "This information makes a difference."

The other questions Cruz wants answered are whether the Department of Justice will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS targeting scandal, and what Obama is doing to protect U.S. citizens from "unjustifiable violations" of privacy by the National Security Agency and other federal agencies.

Cruz also wants Obama to "take real responsibility for misleading the American people" by promising that people who liked their health coverage can keep it. And finally, Cruz is asking Obama to address his failure to create jobs.

"Will the President recognize that his economic policies have failed to create the millions of jobs that he promised and have, instead, reduced the labor force participation rate to its lowest level in decades?" Cruz's statement says. "Will he commit to commonsense, job-creating policies such as the immediate authorization of the Keystone Pipeline, a moratorium on new regulations, and fundamental tax reform for every American?"