May 11, 2014, 09:40 am
Wasserman Schultz: Benghazi focus meant to drive GOP turnout
By Cameron Joseph
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) slammed Republicans for creating a select committee on Benghazi, arguing they did it to gin up conservative enthusiasm because they'd lost on ObamaCare.
"The bottom line here is that Republicans have clearly lost the ability, because we've had such a precipitous drop among Republicans even in their fervor for repealing the Affordable Care Act, that they are clearly doing this to drive their turnout," Wasserman Schultz said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning.
"The Republicans have lost this as an issue that they can gin their base up. That's why they've turned to this select committee on Benghazi."
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) laughed at the suggestion that ObamaCare was no longer a salient issue for Republicans.
"This is the issue Democrats are running from, and rightfully so," she said.
Bachmann also defended the committee's creation.
"What this committee is doing is doing a very careful look at a very deliberate place to go through depositions of people on the ground to find out the truth of what's happened," she said. "We need to get answers. This cannot be politicized."
Benghazi is a top issue for some in the GOP base, but polls show it hasn't emerged as a major concern for Americans. Polls also show ObamaCare remains unpopular, but that those who want to repeal it rather than make changes to it are in the minority.