Pence, GOP to grill Clinton on Chavez 'aftermath'

GOP Conference Chairman Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.) on Tuesday afternoon called the photographs taken of President Obama and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez shaking hands at the Summit of the Americas "an enormous propaganda victory for the socialist dictator."

Pence indicated that House Republicans intended to confront Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about Obama and Chavez meeting and mugging for the cameras when she appears before the Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday morning.

He said that rank-and-file members have been discussing the "aftermath" of last week's summit where Obama and Chavez were photographed in "what appeared to be the friendly dialogue."

"I was very troubled by those photographs, not so much because of what they would mean in the United States but it was an enormous propaganda victory for the socialist dictator," said Pence, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. "It’s very troubling to me that this administration would allow themselves on more than one occasion at the summit to appear in that kind of a setting with a virulent socialist anti-American who represses his people."