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Fact-challenged Carly Fiorina learned nothing from yesterday's Benghazi hearings, urges GOP to intensify attacks on Clinton

She told George Stephanopoulos that Clinton won't be held accountable until she is -- which is true enough


Scott Eric Kaufman
October 23, 2015 10:13PM (UTC)

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina watched the attempted interrogation of Hillary Clinton by the Benghazi Committee and learned precisely nothing from the experience, if her appearance on "Good Morning America" this morning was any indication.

After host George Stephanopoulos quoted conservative critics, like Byron York, who claimed Clinton won the day, Fiorina countered by saying that "she did reasonably well," but that the hearings demonstrated "that she won't be held accountable until we have a nominee in a general election debate who will hold her accountable."

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Stephanopoulos chuckled a bit at the tautology, but allowed Fiorina to continue, asking her whether she thought that the Republicans on the committee "fell down on the job."

"I think there were a lot of Democrats on that committee who were focused on salvaging the nominee on their part," she said. "If you just do a little thought exercise, if the shoe were on the other foot and she had been a Republican secretary of state, I'm quite sure the Democrats would be holding hearings."

Of course, as Clinton herself noted multiple times on Thursday, Democrats held no such hearings after previous terrorist attacks on diplomatic outposts that occurred during Republican administrations. But facts are not Fiorina's strong suit, not when there are ignorant voters to be swayed by her inability to command them.

Clinton, she argued, "never answered a fundamental question, and the fundamental question is this -- knowing that this was a purposeful terrorist attack on the night it occurred, why did you go the next morning and address the American people and talk about a videotape that didn't represent the values of America and why did you continue to do that over the bodies of the fallen and for many weeks thereafter?"

The former Secretary of State did, of course, repeatedly answer this question, pointing to "conflicting information" from intelligence sources, not to mention statements by terrorist groups that claimed responsibility for the attack.

Watch the entire interview via ABC News below.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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