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Petraeus: Clinton ‘Would Make a Tremendous President’ Because of…Benghazi?

In the new book HRC, by The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Bloomberg’s Jonathan Allen, General David Petraeus praised Hillary Clinton as a potential president, specifically citing what many consider her biggest obstacle as a candidate: her role as Secretary of State overseeing the American compound in Benghazi when it was attacked in 2012.

“She’d make a tremendous president,” Petraeus said. “Like a lot of great leaders, her most impressive qualities were most visible during tough times. In the wake of the Benghazi attacks, for example, she was extraordinarily resolute, determined, and controlled.”

On This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Jon Karl brought this up to Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) and asked if it “took the wind out of the sails” of Benghazi as an anti-Hillary talking point.

“Oh, I don’t think so,” Cole said. “It was a debacle. It was on her watch. She should have known security was not taken care of. She calls it herself her greatest regret in her time as Secretary of State. So I think it’ll be an issue. Do I think it’s gonna be the deciding issue in the campaign? No. I think Americans look at their presidential candidates in their totality. And Hillary Clinton has a long record. There’s a lot of pluses in it and there’s some minuses in it.”

Watch the full clip below, via ABC News:

[h/t ABC News / National Memo]

[Image via Dept. of Defense]

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