AP: Cruz, Pence misrepresented Hillary Clinton’s comments on Benghazi

Hillary Rodham Clinton
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Associated Press is fact-checking speeches at the Republican National Convention and they have noticed a trend involving Hillary Clinton’s statements on Beghazi.

Wednesday night, Ted Cruz took aim at Clinton and the Democratic party and said “Theirs is the party that … responds to the death of Americans at Benghazi by asking, What difference does it make?”

Pence said something similar on stage.

“It was Hillary Clinton who left Americans in harm’s way in Benghazi and after four Americans fell, said: What difference, at this point, does it make?” Pence said.

The statement in question was made back in Jan. 2013 at a senate hearing regarding the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

Here are Clinton’s full remarks surrounding that line Cruz and Pence used:

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.”

Here’s the video of the heated moment she made that statement after hours of questions: 

The Associated Press combed her statements and said “at no point has Clinton said — or even implied — that it makes no difference whether Americans died in the Benghazi attacks.”

The Associated Press will be doing the same statement-checking during the Democratic National Convention.

To see their full list of GOP fact-check from Wednesday night including statements by others, visit AP by clicking here.

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