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November 5th, 2012
09:31 AM ET

Sen. McCain: Veterans angry over handling of Benghazi, could sway election

On "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says veterans who are angry over handling of U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi could sway the election.

"I've been travelling all over the country," Sen. McCain says. "Veterans are angry. They're angry, they're upset. They don't trust Barack Obama. There's 1.6 million of them in Florida, for example. I think they could have an impact on this election. I know it's all about jobs and the economy, but I have never seen veterans as upset and angry as they are over Benghazi.

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  1. Tibby

    I don't understand how any veteran would support Romney. He dodged the Vietnam war although he rallied for it while he was in college. While men were dying in Vietnam he suddenly had a calling and had to do missionary work. After the battle was done in Vietnam he and his father had a change of heart and they were suddenly against the war. He also was in support of the war in Iraq. I was once a member in the armed forces and I can tell you that I would want a commander that will only put the lives of soldiers at risk for a good reason. Mitt Romney does not seem to have the moral compass to know when a war is necessary. I would fear having him as a commander in chief.
    Secondly
    Republicans need to make sure that are getting their information directly from official sources. There is a lot of misinformation being put out by reports in the media. Their have been many reports of lower level intelligence agents that our leaking information to the media. By the nature of their job it seems odd that any credible intelligence official would do this. These people could be misrepresenting themselves or they may have sympathetic ties to the republican party. Their reports shoud come with great skepticism. Testimony from individuals that we can actually place a name and a face to seem to discredit some of the earlier reports given by other so called unnamed individuals in the state department or intelligence community.

    November 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. CJ

    This Old Fart is STILL Mad that President Obama won the Election and he did NOT...This Supposely "War Hero"..LOL..Has nothing to add to any conversation as far as I'm concerned...This Whoremonger of a Wimp..left His disabled Wife for ...In his small thinking mind a perfect new Wife..While he himself was a cripple....I take what John McCain saids like a grain of salt thrown over my Shoulders

    November 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Soldier of Fortune

    Speaking of Veterans..ask him about that hanging of a Vietnam Vet in WA in 89' by Palin's Idaho Aryan Nation, I mean that money laundering deal that had 108 million to play with...no missed opportunities? Hang em high? In the name of God right?This smokescreen is crap...just like McCain...cover ups are over and federal court this coming season will be spectacular!!!Get em all in front of the federal judges...tell it to the judge McCain...Palin...Militias in ID, WA, and Alaska...have fun now!!! Hey McCain...speaking of Secret Service and Todd Palin's Pimping Deal...what is with that Agent that committed suicide? I see a pattern...hangings, house fires, plane crashes, prostitution, money laundering, falsifying official reports? Tisk tisk john john...lol...

    November 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Ian

    500 past and present generals opinion's vs. McCain's opinion........done! that's a no-brainer!

    I love listening to sour-grapes McCain whine......the only thing better will be to listen to Romney do the same thing over the next few years!

    November 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. kenny2012

    soledad obrien is the most BIASED woman in television, she is not an objective reporter, she is an activist on a mission,
    she does not want the truth, she wants her agenda. A WELFARE STATE!

    November 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. wade moran

    When is Soledad going to truly embrace her roots and quit straightening her hair?

    November 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. evensteven

    McCain, while you're straining at gnats, you're swallowing camels.

    The biggest untold scandal is the one involving you, Big Oil, Fox News and the rest of the Republicans. By fighting Global Warming, you are exposing millions of Americans to the risks associated with Global Warming. Some people choose not to take it seriously, because your buddies at Fox News tell them it's all a hoax. Meanwhile, many of those same people aren't taking the threats of climate change to heart and some of them are no longer with us.

    When will the Republicans quit protecting Big Oil and support the preparations and actions necessary to defend our citizens against massive super-storms?

    Wake up John ! We need to appoint a Congressional Committee to explore your malfeasance and complicity in this treasonous, massive cover-up and efforts at thwarting the sobering truth about Climate Change . . .

    November 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • kenny2012

      im sure your voting for "revenge" right gore supporter?

      November 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pasky

      Evensteven, you are a moronic muppet, you have no idea and no facts, hard facts on climate changes. you and your treehuggers friends should get a life, a job, a family and start paying your bills like everyone else, and whilst you are at it go and serve your country for a couple of years too instead of leaching off our back you pathetic worm

      November 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael Jay

      I totaly agree with evensteven!

      November 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ian

      What evensteven said X 2!

      November 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jodie

      Go get'em evensteven.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. wade moran

    That's right Soledad, Benghazi has "left the narrative" because lapdogs like you and your racist crony Roland Martin refuse to talk about and ask difficult questions of this administration.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Duane Allen

    According to several news reports, including The New York Times, anonymous intelligence officials said that a rescue party of CIA officers was deployed from a secret base within Benghazi and that the agency later sent reinforcements from Tripoli to battle the attack on the mission, which ultimately killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens.

    Approximately half-a-dozen officers raced from a base from a mile away and arrived at the mission in about 25 minutes, according to The Times, and were later joined by security agents from the State Department. The officers led a search for Stevens, but his body had apparently already been taken to a local hospital. The group evacuated personnel to the CIA base, or what has been commonly referred to as the "annex."

    Four hours passed, and an unarmed drone passed overhead taking what The Times describes as “reassuring” photos indicating that the worst was apparently over. But around dawn, shortly following the arrival of a group of CIA reinforcements from Tripoli, a new mortar attack was launched, which killed two CIA officers.

    Also on Thursday, Foreign Policy magazine reported that troubling documents found in the mission following the attack seemed to suggest that a member of the local police had been conducting surveillance of the compound in the hours leading up to the attack.

    An unsigned draft letter, addressed to the head of the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reads, in part: “one of our diligent guards made a troubling report. Near our main gate, a member of the police force was seen in the upper level of a building across from our compound. It is reported that this person was photographing the inside of the U.S. special mission and furthermore that this person was part of the police unit sent to protect the mission.”

    November 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Alienate

    McCain just wants more people to be like him. How many tens of thousands of our children must come back from Iraq and AfgStan mentally and physically broken before he/we realize these wars are killing US.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. dus

    Nicely done McCain. You could tell he's had it with the spin over this. One guy tried to deflect it all back to the economy instead of addressing the issue and the other tried to spin it and make it about the veterans jobs bill of which there have been many again ignoring the substance of what was said. McCain's response was perfect, he'd already told them what veterans were angry about and was annoyed at these attempts to deflect it and he made that clear.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. felix el gato

    I'm still angry at McCain for burning up his aircraft carrier and killing 166 crewmen when he "wet started" his fighter during the war in Vietnam.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Larry

    Who was in charge during 9/11 and ignored official briefings? Lied us into a was in Iaraq? Outed a CIA agent, etc.???

    November 5, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Andrea E.

    "In conclusion, last week’s entire controversy was spectacularly, embarrassingly wrong-headed. No facts exist to justify the overheated rhetoric and allegations directed at Obama and top officials in his administration, but no apologies will follow either. Quite the contrary, I’m sure."
    http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2012/11/05/the-fox-induced-hysteria-over-benghazi-collapses/

    November 5, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Sarah Edmondson

    I have no idea if this is the truth or political posturing. When the republicans voted against the Veterans jobs bill they lost any and all credibility to me. How can this event be the deciding event in this election? It really makes no sense to me so I have a feeling that Senator McCain is using the veterans to make a political point, shame on him. I do respect his service to this country while in the military and at one time respected his service in congress. The respect going forward stopped at Sarah Palin nomination to be the V.P. of this country. If the tragic death of 4 Americans in Benghazi defines this election for anyone I challenge them to tell me how the tragic death of 3,000 Americans defined the last Bush run for the presidency.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Rick Seider

    Don't remember Sen McCain asking me if I'm upset – and I'm a veteran. Please the military understand about terrorism and how much we can control. I support the President and he get my vote this election too!!!!!

    November 5, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Mike`

    John McCain is a bitter old man who is politicizing all of this because he and that Palin bimbo lost to Obama. His rhetoric is treason towards the office of the president. So why doesn't he consult with Condoleeza Rice before he sputters this and his tapioca all over the place? Oh yeah and he is a hawkish war monger too boot.
    The only good days John has left are those that include a good bowel movement.

    November 5, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Bob Hearns

    McCain just grabbing at straws.

    November 5, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. James

    Where was Mccain's outrage after 11 US embassies were attacked under W's watch? Mccain has become the very thing he used to dispise, a psuedo-patriotic partisan hack.

    November 5, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. JL Paul

    It seems every presidential primary there are a field of conservative candidates all comparing themselves to President Reagan. Yet I can remember when over 200 Marines were killed in Beirut during Saint Reagan's watch because the guards at the gate weren't allowed to have real bullets in their guns.

    November 5, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Johnny Vaughan

    This veteran is mad about McCain and other republicans voting against the Veteran Jobs Bill

    November 5, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jodie

      OMG! finally someone who brings this point out in the open. It is a shame that they voted against us, but I know they did it hoping they would stay in power. A vote for these dogs is a vote for satan – nobody does this – NOBODY!

      November 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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