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First Presidential Debate? Senator Rubio Grills Hillary Clinton On Benghazi Attack (Video)

Sen. Marco Rubio (Shark Tank Media)

Sen. Marco Rubio (Shark Tank Media)

By Javier Manjarres

During Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s long awaited appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the failure in security at the Benghazi consulate in Libya, Senator Marco Rubio questioned Clinton on what she, and here State Department had done to ‘secure’ American assets in Libya.

Rubio asked Clinton if she was ever asked to participate in any internal or inter-agency meeting about the deteriorating security situation in Libya, prior to the before the Benghazi attack?

Clinton said that she had no knowledge of any specific security requests, and that she was in attendance at one meeting in October 2012 and discussed  a” long list of ways to improve security in Libya.”

Clinton also said they talked “a great deal about the deteriorating threat environment in Libya.”

The Secretary of State all but said that she and the department  put all of their faith and trust in the Libyan militias, due to the fact  that the  Libyan government was still in shambles, and unable to meet “obligatory security measures as a host country.”

Rubio then asked her to specifically state what had the U.S. offered to  help for Libya build “its security capacity.” Clinton responded by telling the Senator that she would send me the memo. While it wasn’t much of a debate, could Rubio’s questioning of Clinton be considered the first presidential debate, or a glimpse at what we could expect in 2016?

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  1. KD Haag January 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Put a couple old socks on her hands she could be a sock puppeteer ready for work on Sesame street

  2. J F Wilder January 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Why didn’t any of the questioners ask Mrs. Clinton why no attempt was made to send in help? The battle raged on for what, 7 hours or so? There had to be fast response teams available, if only by helicopter from ships in the Mediterranean.

  3. Nancy Celano January 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I watched the testimony and was disappointed by whole thing. The GOP was not adquately prepared and not tough enough on Clinton. She looked down her nose at them, and, when addressed by the Dems., very deliberately smiled and accepted all their compliments and accolades. It was obvious that she lied frequently, and showed her true colors when she blew up at Sen. Johnson. WE all remember how she threw lamps while in the White House. I think she should be re-subpoened after she leaves her job and not treated with kid gloves. Most Americans still blame her and Obama for those 4 deaths.

  4. Bob Avery January 24, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Senator Rubio apparently was not well prepared. disappointing!

  5. Robert January 25, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I too believe that she has been treated too kindly after such a tragic event resulting in 4 dead americans. This was a blatent lack of action snd support in an emergency situation. She and Obama must have been alerted to the situation and yet no action was taken.

    I feel that she is probably going to run in 2016 the political agreement, behind closed doors, has been not to tarnish her record. I cannot see any other explanation.

    She should have been questioned in a much more aggressive manner by the GOP. They looked like a bunch of butt kissers to me.

  6. Gene Sweeney January 28, 2013 at 8:44 am

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    The 9.11 Victims and Fallen Military Heroes Memorial in Venice, Florida is the 1st and only in the entire country to HONOR Our Fallen Heroes who were abandoned in Benghazi by engraving their names along with Our Fallen Military Heroes on the walls of the 9.11 Memorial in Patriots Park in Venice, Florida For more details please go to

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    E.F. (Gene) Sweeney
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