Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for Obama's re-election effort, said that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan had turned the the attacks in Benghazi last month into a "political topic" in an appearance on CNN Thursday. "[T]he entire reason that this has become the, you know, political topic it is is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan," Cutter said. "It's a big part of their stump speech…"
Cutter also defended the Obama administration as being transparent about the attacks.
The administration has been open and honest from day one about [the] Benghazi attack. As more information has become available, they've made that information available to the American people and to members of Congress. But, you know, when a crisis occurs, when an attack occurs, that information is gathered and over time it's more clear what happened.
Cutter related the issue to Thursday's vice presidential debate, saying she hopes it comes up in the debate:
"Paul Ryan has politicized and made [a] political circus all over this country of the terrible tragedy that happened in Libya," Cutter said.