“CBS This Morning” host Charlie Rose was shocked Thursday morning when Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stood by his stance that the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton misled Americans about the cause of the 2012 Benghazi terror attack.
“[Last night] I said Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi,” Rubio said in a post-debate interview. “There’s no doubt about that, Charlie.”
Rose defended Clinton by blaming intelligence.
“The CIA was changing its own assessment of what happened there,” Rose told Rubio.
“That’s not accurate,” Rubio countered.
“What was very clear is that from the very early moments of that attack she knew that it was a terrorist attack, as she shared by email with various people, and yet she continued to perpetuate the lie that this was something —”
Rose was baffled as to why the former first lady would lie about Benghazi.
“If you’re calling her a liar by saying she perpetuated a lie, then why do you think she did that? What was her motive?” Rose asked.
Rubio laid blame for her lying on the 2012 re-election and how President Obama was trying to avoid any narrative that he wasn’t strong on terrorism after claiming al-Qaida was on the run.
The CBS host remained stunned: “You are saying, senator, that Hillary Clinton lied because she wanted to help Barack Obama in his re-election campaign. That’s a serious charge.”
“Yes. Well, it’s the truth,” Rubio responded. “That’s not only why she did it; that’s why everyone in the administration did it.”
“They didn’t tell the truth of what truly happened, and the families of those victims deserve better.”