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Gingrich: Benghazi attack will hurt Obama reelection campaign
Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:46AM
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich said the White House's response to the Benghazi attack will continue to hurt Barack Obama's reelection campaign.


Gingrich said on ABC’s “This Week” that Obama canceling campaign trips as a potentially devastating hurricane sets its sights on the northeast is proof that all of the plethora of issues dominating the national discourse is hurting the incumbent president.


“You have to wonder, between Benghazi, the price of gasoline, and unemployment, just how much burden the president is going to carry into this last week,” he said. “If you're the incumbent, you never get a break, because they had four years to decide they're for you, and they ain't doing it the last week.”


Gingrich said Obama would “love” to have Romney’s jobs record from his time as governor after four years of the worst unemployment numbers since the Great Depression.


The price of gas, Gingrich added, is $2 a gallon more than it was when Obama took office in 2008, and in the face of that increase, Obama pumped money into now-bankrupt green energy companies instead of easing the fuel burden.


“It goes down every fall when the summer travel goes in — it is still the most expensive for this time of year in American history,” he said. “So you have a president who badly invested your tax money to distort energy policies, while making you pay $2 a gallon more. That's a pretty tough record to go into Ohio or Florida, or anywhere, and say to folks, ‘Why don't you keep voting for $2 more on gasoline, because you like Obama so much, you don't mind paying for it?’”


Gingrich also criticized the Obama administration for its confusing messages about the Benghazi attack, and the possibility that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta canceled a rescue effort at the consulate.


The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American members of his staff were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi on September 11. MSNBC


The Obama administration has yet to fully and directly address many lingering questions about the Benghazi attack, including who approved the security for the ambassador at the Benghazi compound, what decisions were made about sending military reinforcements during the attack, and what the White House knew before publicly attributing the attacks to an anti-Islam film. Huffington Post


Earlier in the week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told reporters that amid the assault he and two top commanders agreed that there was too little information to risk deploying additional troops into the frenzied scene. Huffington Post


"The basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place," Panetta said. Huffington Post


The ongoing controversy over the administration’s explanation of the motive behind the killing of four consulate staff has mushroomed into a potent election issue, with both Republicans and Democrats accusing the other of playing partisan politics. Politico



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