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Marco Rubio, Debbie Wasserman Schultz Take to the National Stage on Benghazi

May 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

Two of the leading figures in national politics, both of whom come from Florida, ramped up the rhetoric on the Republican-controlled U.S. House creating a committee to examine how the Obama administration handled the Benghazi attacks in September 2012 in which four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed.

Appearing on ABCs This Week on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a possible candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, said he supported the new committee, though he added the GOP should not make it overly partisan, including fundraising off of it.

No one has been accountable, Rubio said. I mean, who has been accountable for what happened in Benghazi?

Rubio, who sits on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, tore into the Obama administrations handling of international issues.

This administration has a tendency on foreign-policy issues in particular, not to worry nearly as much about what to do, and to worry more about what to say, Rubio said.

With former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the heavy favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, Rubio issued an F grade for her time at the State Department.

If you look at the diplomacy that was pursued in her time in the State Department, it has failed everywhere in the world, Rubio insisted.

The senator from Florida left no room for doubt that he expected Clinton to bring up her tenure in the Obama Cabinet on the campaign trail come 2016 -- and insisted she had much to answer for.

Im sure shes going to go out bragging about her time in the State Department, Rubio said. Shes also going to have to be held accountable for its failures, whether its the failed reset with Russia or the failure in Benghazi that actually cost lives.

In the same interview with Jon Karl from ABC News, Rubio said he was ready to become president despite serving in the Senate less than four years and turning 43 later this month.

But an old Clinton ally from Florida has been taking to the national stage to insist that Republicans were more concerned with politics than they were about actually investigating the Benghazi attacks.

In her role as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is front-and-center against Republican efforts to investigate the Obama administrations handling of the Benghazi attacks. In various media appearances at the national level, Wasserman Schultz said the investigation, which includes a House committee, is about politics.

The GOP's latest panel on Benghazi isn't about security -- we've already had 13 hearings, 50 briefings, and 25,000 pages of documents released, and the administration is implementing official recommendations to secure our embassies, Wasserman Schultz insisted at the end of last week. This is another GOP attempt to latch on to an issue that they think will motivate their base in November.

Wasserman Schultz was a prominent supporter of Clintons presidential efforts back in 2008.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com,

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