House GOP rents out theater to watch Benghazi movie
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House Republicans rented a movie theater to watch Hollywood’s new film about the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday, before the movie opened nationwide. 

Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) coordinated the special showing of “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” for lawmakers attending a GOP retreat in Baltimore. Roughly 65 House Republicans attended, his office told The Hill. 

“Many of Congressman Walker’s colleagues in the conference expressed interest in the movie. We just helped arrange the movie theater,” spokesman Kyle Hall said. 

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To catch it, some lawmakers had to skip out on Thursday evening’s Republican presidential debate. 

"We were tied up — some of us were watching ‘13 Hours,’ ” said Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertFocus on Perry could mean more subpoenas, challenges for Jan. 6 panel Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 House Ethics panel dismisses security screening fine issued to GOP lawmaker MORE (R-Texas), who was on hand for the screening at the Landmark Theaters just across the street from the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel.  

“But I got back and watched a lot of the debate replayed." 

Rep. Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it MORE (R-Texas), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, chose not to attend because his wife wanted to watch the debate with him on Thursday night.  

"My philosophy is happy wife, happy life," Flores quipped. "Gosh, I really, really wanted to go see it, but I said, 'OK, I'll do it when I get back home.'" 

The movie by Michael Bay, director of “Armageddon” and the “Transformers” franchise, has already become a darling of Republicans . They are treating it as a vindication of the party’s criticism of the Obama administration’s portrayal of the attacks.

On Friday, GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE is renting a movie theater in Urbandale, Iowa, to screen the film to potential caucusgoers.

During Thursday evening’s presidential debate, leading GOP candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' Juan Williams: It's Trump vs. McConnell for the GOP's future MORE said that the movie portrayed “the incredible bravery of the men fighting for their lives in Benghazi and the politicians that abandoned them.” 

Four Americans died when terrorists attacked the U.S. compound in Benghazi, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. “13 Hours” focuses on the actions of the six CIA contractors who rushed to the rescue.