White House press secretary Jay Carney on Friday dismissed Republican hand-wringing over the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya as a politically motivated effort that was initiated by the party's 2012 presidential nominee.
"There is the discussion about, you know, the Republicans again, and this ongoing effort that began hours of the attacks when Mitt Romney put out a press release to try to take political advantage out of these deaths, or out of the attack in Benghazi, and, in a move that was maligned even by members of his own party," Carney said. "And from that day forward, there has been this effort to politicize it."
Carney added, "If you look at the issue here, the efforts to politicize it were always about, you know, were we trying to play down the fact that there was an act of terror and an attack on the embassy. And the problem has always been with that assertion it is completely hollow because the President himself in the Rose Garden said this was an act of terror and he talked about it within the context of September 11th, 2001."