Senate Democrats

GOP Keeps Distance From McCain & Graham’s Over-The Top Grandstanding On Benghazi

Top Senate Republicans Refuse to Join Attacks on Susan Rice

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO

Sen. Marco Rubio broke with two fellow foreign policy hawks this morning on whether U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s statements about the Benghazi incident automatically disqualify her from leading the State Department.  “I think if you’re going to have a fair process to evaluate someone, you can’t go in having already made up your mind,” Rubio said” [Tampa Bay Times, 11/15/12]

 

SENATOR BOB CORKER

“But unlike others, Corker would not say whether Rice could be confirmed. ‘You have to give someone a full hearing,’ Corker said.” [McClatchy,11/14/12]

 

SENATOR RAND PAUL

“Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” that someone should lose their jobs over Benghazi but Rice should not be the issue. … Paul said he did not want to ‘pre-judge’ any nomination for the secretary of state.” [CNN, 11/15/12]

 

Top Republicans Reject Idea of Select Committee on Benghazi

HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER

When asked about McCain’s call for a special committee on Bengazi Boehner said, “At this point, I think that the standing committees of the House, whether they be the (State Department) oversight committee or the intelligence committee, are working diligently on these issues.” [McClatchy,11/14/12]

 

SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER RICHARD LUGAR

“Is a Senate select committee on Benghazi a good idea? Dick Lugar says ‘On balance, no.’” [Tweet by Huffington Post’s Mike McAuliff,  11/14/12]


SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER SUSAN COLLINS

“Not all Republican senators agree with the need for a special select committee. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she did not ‘see the benefit’ of such an approach, noting the Homeland Security Committee has government wide jurisdiction and ‘a history of producing comprehensive bipartisan reports.’” [NBC News, 11/14/12]

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