And number two, because it was right before the election,” Rubio said of Clinton’s testimony about the attack and the State Department’s subsequent response. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finished up a two-day swing through South Carolina this weekend at a veterans issues forum where he doubled down on his criticism of Hillary Clinton and her testimony Thursday before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Speaking to an estimated crowd of 500 at the event in Greenville, S.C., which was hosted by Concerned Veterans for America, the top-tier Republican presidential hopeful explained why the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya and Clinton’s response matter.
“Here’s why it’s meaningful. Number one, because it’s a lie. And number two, because it was right before the election,” Rubio said of Clinton’s testimony about the attack and the State Department’s subsequent response.
“It tells you that they were willing to put domestic political consideration over telling the American people and the families of those victims the truth,” he said.
Rubio, who sits at third in the Washington Examiner‘s presidential power rankings, added, “Someone like that cannot be president of the United States of America.”
Hours after the hearing Thursday, Rubio told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the situation in Benghazi demonstrated “massive incompetence at every level, and the buck stops at the top.”
“If Hillary Clinton’s going to go around taking credit for her time as secretary of state, then she must take responsibility for the failures at the State Department under her watch,” the Florida senator told Hannity.
In early October, Patti Solis Doyle, who managed Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008, told CNN that Rubio is the Republican candidate she most fears in a general election matchup against Clinton. She went as far as to call him “inspirational.”
Rubio arrived in Utah Sunday for a private fundraiser and campaign event Monday ahead of the third GOP debate in Boulder, Colo. on Oct. 28.
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