Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to rebut comments made by President Obama in which he admonished McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for launching “outrageous” attacks upon U.N. ambassador Susan Rice for her response to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
“We’re not picking on anybody,” McCain said. “We intend to pursue this until the American people have the answers they deserve.”
“This president and this administration has either been guilty of colossal incompetence, or engaged in a cover-up,” McCain added.
McCain further clarified that he and Obama “have some disagreement when it’s called ‘picking on’ someone.”
Holding his first press conference since his re-election earlier in the day at the White House, Obama emphatically defended Rice against accusations that she lied about the true nature of the attacks in Benghazi that lead to four American deaths.
“If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham want to go after somebody, they should go after me,” Obama said. “I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador? Who had nothing to do with Benghazi? To besmirch her reputation? It’s outrageous.”
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