The conservative reform group For America released a scathing new attack video hitting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) for giving an award to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D). The ad, entitled “Unelectable,” uses Clinton’s handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi to attack Bush. Both Clinton and Bush are potentially strong 2016 presidential candidates.
The video shows a clip of Bush giving Clinton the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center on Sept. 10, 2013, just before the first anniversary of the attack on Benghazi.
“I want to say thank you to both Secretary Clinton and President Clinton. Thank you for your service to our country. We’re united by love of country and public service,” Bush says.
On-screen text reads: “Hillary was responsible for the security of the American embassy in Benghazi…She denied repeated requests for additional security…The attacks occurred on her watch…But on the eve of the anniversary of the attacks…Jeb Bush gave her an award for public service.”
Conservatives and conservative organizations have frequently attacked Clinton over Benghazi, and have also taken aim at Bush before, but combining those elements into one attack against Bush is new.
For America was founded by Media Research Center president Brent Bozell. The group is followed by over 7 million people on Facebook.
“Anytime Jeb calls Hillary ‘Obama 2.0,’ any criticism he makes of her awful record as Secretary of State, any time he shows how much of an extremist she is on the issues, will be completely dismissed when she reminds everyone that he gave her an award for public service,” Bozell said in a statement. “Jeb has absolutely no credibility to criticize her because he has already anointed her as a great public servant; and he inexplicably did so almost a year to the day of the Benghazi massacre,” he continued. “He will lose, and the public will have to suffer at least another four years of Obama’s policies – and anything worse she has in store for America.”
Watch the video here.