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October 22nd, 2012
09:06 AM ET

Rep. Chris Van Hollen: Libya conspiracy theories make Romney look 'small'

The September 11 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans is certain to be a hot topic of discussion at tonight's foreign policy-based presidential debate.

A new Wall Street Journal report raises questions about the quality of intelligence following the attack. According to the story, "President Barack Obama was told in his daily intelligence briefing for more than a week after the consulate siege in Benghazi that the assault grew out of a spontaneous protest, despite conflicting reports from witnesses and other sources that began to cast doubt on the accuracy of that assessment almost from the start."

Rep. Chris Van Hollen discusses the presidential race and responds to the Journal's Libya report on Starting Point today.

"What this clearly shows is that the President and Susan Rice were presenting the American people with the facts as they were provided to them by the intelligence agencies, which really makes Romney and his team look pretty small with how he tried to exploit this whole thing for political purposes drumming up conspiracy theories," Rep. Van Hollen says. "From the beginning, the way that Romney has tried to exploit this for political purposes is a real violation of the traditions we have in this country when we come together at these moments of tragedy."

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  1. joshua

    now we find out that the US had an unmanned drone flying above the embassy comound in Libya where 4 americans were murdered by terrorists. So where did the spontaneous demonstration lie come from? At first it was 24 hours before we knew it was terrorists. The truth is we knew it in real time and could have sent reinforcements to help. Still the President decided it was more important to tell his lie and continue to campaign for his re-election. Tells you volumes where his priorities are. And this is supposed to make Mitt Romney look small? Maybe in your warp twisted mind.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply

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