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Romney Campaign Blocked RNC’s ‘Benghazi Ad’

From an outraged (at the RNC for even considering such a thing) ABC News:

Exclusive: The RNC Benghazi Attack Ad that Never Ran

By Jonathan Karl | May 9, 2013

It was the Benghazi attack ad the Republican National Committee created but never aired.

Is it an "attack ad" or an ad about the "Benghazi attack"?

ABC News has obtained an ad the RNC made last fall and approved to air in the final weeks of the presidential campaign. The ad begins with a replay of Hillary Clinton’s famous “3 a.m. phone call” commercial from the 2008 campaign and then cuts to video of the burning U.S. consulate in Benghazi Libya.

Over the images of the attack–in which four Americans were killed–words appear on the screen:

“The Call Came … On September 12, 2012.”  As the screen goes black, the words continue: “Security Requests Denied. Four Americans Dead. And an Administration whose story is still changing. The Call Came.”

The video of the Benghazi attack used in the ad includes the sound of gunfire and what appear to be voices of people speaking a foreign language as flames engulf the consulate.

A source familiar with the creation of the ad says the RNC leadership approved the ad but it was scrapped at the last minute because of objections from the Romney campaign, which was concerned the ad would distract from Romney’s efforts to focus on the economy.

This was the same reason the Romney campaign gave for barely bringing up Benghazi in the debates. And they wonder why they lost.

They couldn’t even be as tough on Obama as Hillary was.

While the ad borrows from Hillary Clinton’s efforts to raise questions in 2008 about Barack Obama’s ability to lead the country through a crisis, Republicans are now pointing to the Benghazi attack and the way it was handled to raise questions about the leadership of Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack.

Oh, the irony. But ABC News goes on to give some helpful pointers to their Democrat comrades:

Democrats will likely point to the un-aired commercial as evidence that Republicans are raising concerns about the Benghazi attack to score political points.

But if that were true, the RNC would be running this ad right now. Which, come to think of it, is exactly what they should be doing. Hillary needs to be so thoroughly tied to the Benghazi disaster, we don’t forget about it before 2016.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, May 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Romney Campaign Blocked RNC’s ‘Benghazi Ad’”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    This serves so very well as to how insane with rage the democrats have become. Like that trial that derailed coverage of Benghazi involving a Miss Arias, the democrats, seething with contempt and rage at anything conservative and/or republican lash out and destroy things without even a wit’s worth of concern over the possible outcome.

    Then they further the tantrum by lying some more and loudly.

    This is how we know we are now dealing with irrational people. It has become the trademark of everything democrat yet people like Boehner think they are dealing with normal, rational individuals when in reality, he is instead becoming a willing victim of his own naivete’. For us onlookers, it’s pathetic.

    I’m sure people have told republicans that the wheels have come off and that now is the time to just attack and attack and attack; Leave nothing standing of the democrat/national socialist lies or its constituents. But no…the republican party is still trying to have a nice breakfast conversation with sociopaths. Remember how the Hannibal Lecter character could seem so rational, so normal while gutting his victims? Yeah, like that.

    Again I tag it in my own mind as a lack of cynicism on the part of humans-in-power who dismiss out-of-hand that there are evil people in the world who want to do irreparable harm to any and all who disagree with them. They live under a false presumption that Obama has this nation’s best interest at heart and cannot believe anything he does is malicious.

    In short, they have been made the mark, duped, fooled, trapped, you-name-it. I’ve watched similar scenarios play out all my life in microcosm, only to (occasionally) have people come to me and say, “You were right about so-and-so; He’s a real piece of work and I just didn’t see it.”

    Shame, that.

  2. Ah Romney, the guy I DIDN’T vote for. Aren’t you glad the TOP REPUBLICAN CHOICE is out there day in and day out, tirelessly hammering the democrats on all the wrongs he warned us about? WAIT, he actually isn’t is he? ……which is exactly why I didn’t vote for him. I knew he only wanted to the job to:
    1. Keep a liberal democrat or a liberal Republican in power. Mission accomplished.
    2. Tell everyone what to do through the executive, but if he can’t do that, he is disinterested.

    If there is one person who could make a lot of noise about this issue, it’s Romney, but where is his loyalty to the party that needs him? All the money and energy people spent to try to get him elected, and he can’t return the favor and speak up for himself and the country? Our past top Republicans: Bush Sr. Dole, Bush Jr. McCain Romney just don’t have any fire in ‘em. At least Cheney and Palin are capable of throwing a few punches once in a while.


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