Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Sept. 29 that a good example of "strategy" was creating the House Select Committee on Benghazi because it brought down Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's poll numbers (video below).
McCarthy, who hopes to replace outgoing House Speaker John Boehner, made his statements while predicting how his leadership of the GOP-controlled House would play out, notes Salon.
What you're going to see is a conservative speaker that takes a conservative Congress that puts a strategy to fight and win. And let me give you one example: Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought.
The Associated Press reported in July that the GOP-controlled Benghazi committee, which was supposed to focus on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya, had shifted its attention to Clinton's emails and her private server.
"To whatever degree this was ever about Benghazi, those days are gone," Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a member of the Benghazi committee, told AP.
Business Insider reported in May 2013 that the original target of the Benghazi committee hearings was President Barack Obama, who was running for re-election in 2012, but the focus shifted to Clinton after Obama won a second term.
(Note: Benghazi is mentioned just after the 4:00 mark.)