Hillary aide argues that Benghazi should not be an issue in 2016

By Alex Pappas | The Daily Caller

A top aide to Hillary Clinton defended the former secretary of state Friday after a damaging Senate Intelligence Committee report released this week said the 2012 Benghazi attacks could have been prevented.

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday, longtime Clinton adviser Philippe Reines also made the argument that Benghazi should not be an issue in the 2016 presidential race. Clinton is expected to run.

“In terms of the politics of it, it’s very — even sitting here — very difficult to shift to talking about people losing their lives in the politics of 2016,” Reines said Friday. “For as much as people want to make the two the same and to use one in that context, we don’t see it that way.”

“I know that sounds canned,” Reines added, “but we just don’t, and we’re not going to help those who want to. And I would think that, again, in the context of trying to be constructive to prevent this from happening again, which is the most important thing, is not to make it a political football.”

at The Daily Caller.

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