Video: Dem. Rep. Ann Kuster dodges question on Benghazi, says she’s ‘here to talk about the Middle East’

kusterIn a video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday, Rep. Ann Kuster, D-N.H., refused to answer a question on Benghazi, telling her constituents she was there to talk about the Middle East instead.

The congresswoman was asked if she supports a House resolution to create a select committee that would investigate the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

“I don’t have . . . It’s a Senate thing — I don’t think we have anything about that in the House,” she mumbled.

“The congresswoman had just read out the name and description of HR 36, the House resolution creating the investigative committee,” the Daily Caller said.

That’s when things got strange…

The Daily Caller posted a transcript of the video:

CONSTITUENT: Can you address Benghazi?

KUSTER: [Deer in headlights look]

CONSTITUENT: What are you gonna do about Benghazi?

KUSTER: [Nervously shuffles notecards]

CONSTITUENT: Why isn’t Benghazi at the top of your issue?

KUSTER: Well, I’m certainly not here to talk about it. We’re here to talk about the Middle East.

MULTIPLE CONSTITUENTS: It is in the Middle East!

CONSTITUENT: Libya is like, right in the middle of the Middle East.

KUSTER: [Angrily flicks hair, glares at moderator]

A clearly panicked moderator tried to regain control.
“We don’t wanna get this — there are a lot of different ideas, a lot of different opinions here,” he said as Kuster fiddled with her microphone. “We’re gonna stick to the format of answering questions [unintelligible] rather than getting into a discussion that — goes on.”
The Daily Caller added:
Benghazi is in North Africa. But as part of the large strip of Arabic-speaking Islamic countries stretching from Egypt to Morocco, it’s safe to include Libya as part of the political, if not geographic, Middle East. And Kuster’s dodge was certainly more about politics than geography.
A number of questions still linger about the attack.
Initially, the White House blamed the attack on an obscure YouTube video.  After that lie was debunked, liberals claimed — and still maintain — that Benghazi is just a phony scandal made up by mean, racist Republicans.
Video of Kuster’s comments can be seen below:

Joe Newby

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