Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has leveraged House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) recent comments about the Select Committee on Benghazi into a television ad attacking Republicans.
A 30-second ad released by the campaign on Monday night begins by saying, “The Republicans finally admit it.”
The ad then includes a clip of McCarthy’s recent comments about the political success of the Benghazi committee.
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?” he said on Fox News last week. “But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable [sic]. But no one would have known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen.”
The Clinton ad then notes, “Republican have spent millions attacking Hillary because she’s fighting for everything they oppose.”
The spot will run on CNN and MSNBC in the days leading up to the first Democratic presidential debate, according to Politico.
Since McCarthy’s comments, Republicans have attempted to distance themselves from his characterization and Democrats have attacked the committee for wasting taxpayer dollars on a political endeavor.
House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who is running against McCarthy to be speaker, called McCarthy’s comment “inaccurate” and told the majority leader he should apologize.
On Monday, Hillary Clinton slammed McCarthy and Republicans for forming the Benghazi committee “for the sole purpose of going after me.”
“This committee was set up as they have admitted for the purpose of making a partisan, political issue out of the deaths of four Americans,” she said at a town hall in New Hampshire, according to Buzzfeed News. “I would’ve never done that. And if I were president, and there were Republicans or Democrats who were thinking about that, I would have done everything to shut it down.”
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