Politics

Republicans Defend Gov. Chris Christie's Bridge Scandal with Benghazi (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The standard talking point used by Republicans about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's bridge scandal is to point to the Benghazi terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2012.

During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" today, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tried to turn Gov. Christie’s bridge scandal into an attack against President Obama over Benghazi (video below).

According to RawStory.com, Priebus said Americans would forgive Gov. Christie because “we all make mistakes.”

However, if Gov. Christie planned the bridge closing, that is not a mistake, but a planned attack.

“They’re forgiving when you take ownership, you take corrective action. And that’s what Chris Christie showed,” stated Priebus. “He stood there for 111 minutes in an open dialog with the press. Now, only if Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would give us 111 seconds of that, would we find out some of what we want to find out about Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS. I mean, Chris Christie has been totally open here.”

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However, contrary to Priebus' claim, President Obama and Clinton have answered far more questions that Gov. Christie has on the bridge scandal, which he ignored from September 2013 until this January.

According to Politico.com, at a press conference in May of last year, President Obama took questions on both Benghazi and the IRS.

Fox News has repeatedly tried to compare Gov. Christie's bridge scandal to Benghazi, notes MediaMatters.org.

ThinkProgress.org reports that Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill) also tried to defend Gov. Christie with Benghazi.

“I think [Christie] took the bull by the horns, held people accountable, fired people," claimed Rep. Kinzinger. "And I think it is a very big difference than how this administration has handled things. IRS, Benghazi, you can keep your health insurance if you want it. Nobody’s been fired over that. And what we’re seeing is a big difference.”

GOP strategist Karl Rove also invoked Benghazi to defend Gov. Christie today on Fox News Sunday, reports RawStory.com (video below).

“I think [Christie] did himself a lot of good,” stated Rove. “I think he did himself some good by contrasting with the normal, routine way of handing these things, which is to be evasive, to sort of trim on the edges.”

“You’ll notice we haven’t been hearing a lot from the Clinton camp about this,” added Rove. “Contrast both with Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s handling of Benghazi.”

However, Hillary Clinton answered questions for hours about Benghazi and President Clinton was not in office when it happened.

Sources: RawStory.com, ThinkProgress.org, Politico.com, MediaMatters.org