The main star in Hillary Clinton’s latest presidential campaign ad isn’t the Democratic front-runner herself. Rather, it’s a top House Republican whose recent comments about the special committee investigating the Benghazi attacks has served as political fodder for Democrats.
“The Republicans finally admit it,” begins the 30-second spot, which according to Vox, is set to run on cable television starting Tuesday.
The ad then flashes to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who during an interview with Fox News last week committed what many consider to be a major political gaffe.
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?” asked McCarthy. “But we put together a Benghazi special committee. What are her numbers today?”
Democrats jumped on the comment, claiming it showed that Republicans are using the investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi to hinder Clinton’s presidential campaign. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for the dissolution of the Benghazi Committee.
Clinton jumped on McCarthy’s remarks in several recent interviews, including one conducted Monday with “TODAY” saying that she “would never have” created the Benghazi Committee.
“Look at the situation that they chose to exploit to go after me for political reasons — the death of four Americans in Benghazi,” she exclaimed.
McCarthy’s remarks have proved a source of frustration even for his fellow Republicans. One of those who rebuked the California Republican is Utah U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
“That was not the reason we started,” Chaffetz said last week. “We started because there were four dead Americans and we didn’t have answers.”
Chaffetz, who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced Sunday that he is challenging McCarthy to fill Boehner’s spot. (RELATED: Republicans Criticize McCarthy Over Benghazi Remarks)