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GOP hits Clinton on Benghazi ahead of 2016

Republicans are criticizing Hillary Clinton in a new Web video over her response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi. 

The 30-second Republican National Committee video shows footage of Clinton asking during congressional testimony in January “what difference at this point does it make” what prompted terrorists to attack the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11.

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It follows last week's warning to CNN and NBC that the RNC won't participate in primary debates if the networks go ahead with plans to air films about Clinton ahead of the 2016 election.

“If CNN and NBC are both making productions to promote Hillary Clinton, we have some suggestions for them,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “They should first remember to include how she failed to answer basic questions about Benghazi.”

The RNC promised the video would be the first of several broadsides ahead of a possible presidential run by the former secretary of State in 2016.

Republicans criticized Clinton and President Obama for not immediately calling the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans an act of terrorism and for initially linking it to a peaceful protest gone awry. 

Clinton and others have said they were working off preliminary talking points from the intelligence community before all the facts on the ground were known.

An independent State Department audit of the attack faulted the agency for significant security lapses, but did not interview Clinton.

The RNC video contrasts Clinton's angry response to questioning by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to testimony from Eric Nordstrom, the top security officer in Libya at the time of the attack.

“What happened prior, during and after the attack matters,” Nordstrom testified before the House oversight panel in May. “And it matters to my colleagues at the Department of State.”


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