Christie: What People Don’t Like About Hillary Clinton Is That ‘She Refused to Be Held Accountable’ for Benghazi

By Melanie Arter | October 26, 2015 | 10:54am EDT
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AP Photo)

( – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that what Americans dislike about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is that she refused to be held accountable for what happened in Benghazi, Libya.

“Secretary Clinton says that she is not responsible for what happened there. She says other security professionals were responsible, yet she didn't fire anybody, and I think what the American people dislike the most about Hillary Clinton is that she refused to be held accountable,” said Christie.


Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The administration at first blamed the attacks on an anti-Muslim video, a claim that was later proven to be untrue.

As reported last week, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told the House Select Committee on Benghazi Thursday that “there was never a video-inspired protest in Benghazi,” and three newly revealed communications from then-Secretary Clinton – all sent within 24 hours of the attack – indicate she knew the truth all along.

“Mistakes happen. Bad things happen when you're in office, and you need to be held accountable and stand up and do that. She has no accountability and no transparency to what is going on. Everything has had to be dragged out of her, and I don't think they did an effective job in getting at that,” Christie said about Republicans spearheading the congressional hearings investigating Benghazi.

“But here is the thing. Come next September, when I'm on the stage with her in the debates, she will have a former federal prosecutor asking her these questions,” he added.

“When you say she wasn't on top of it and her security staff, is that -- I mean, people said that about with you the Washington -- George Washington Bridge. They said, well, he should have known this was happening underneath him and it shows that he wasn't on top of things,” CBS’s John Dickerson said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (AP Photo)

“That's why I said it's about accountability, John. Bad things will happen sometimes, and when they do, you have to be accountable. Within 24 hours of when that news came in New Jersey, I fired the people who were responsible,” said Christie.

“What happened to Hillary Clinton? Why haven't those folks been fired? If it was really their responsibility, why haven't they been fired?” he asked.

“She sloughs it off on something else, because she doesn't want to tell the truth, and that is the biggest problem with Hillary Clinton, is that she doesn't -- she isn't forthcoming. She doesn't tell the truth, and she doesn't want to be held accountable,” added Christie.

“That's not the kind of person we need in Washington, D.C., right now in the White House. We need someone who is willing to be accountable for what goes on in this country, what goes on, on Capitol Hill, and everyplace else,” he said.

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