Barack Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter appeared on Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier where she was grilled over comments she made on CNN saying that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan had politicized the Libya attacks. Cutter claimed that Romney made the attacks a political issue before the Obama administration’s response came into question.
Baier played the clip of Cutter speaking to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin where she said, “The entire reason that [the Benghazi attack] has become the political topic it is because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan”
Baier said that the Romney/Ryan campaign came out strong against the comments, but so did some Democrats. He quoted Mother Jones reporter Adam Serwer who admonished Cutter saying that the death of American diplomatic personnel was the only reason Benghazi was an issue, not the politics of the attack and the Obama administration’s response.
“I was asked why it became such a political circus and who was the first person to respond to the Libya attacks? It was Mitt Romney,” Cutter said. “And Mitt Romney was criticized for that response because it was political. He was criticized by national news organizations and was asked to apologize by national news organizations.”
Baier played a clip of administration officials blaming a YouTube video for the attacks. Cutter shot back at Baier, “What are you suggesting? Are you suggesting we’re playing politics with this?”
“I’m not suggesting anything,” Baier replied. “Four people are dead.”
“This administration has treated this entire tragedy with the utmost seriousness,” Cutter replied. “That’s why we’re being responsible and diligent about our investigation.” Cutter said that they are being accused of a cover up by Romney and Ryan.
Watch the clip below via Fox News Channel:
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