(CNSNews.com) – Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio attacked the mainstream media during Wednesday night’s GOP debate in Colorado, accusing it of acting as a “super PAC” for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.
During a debate in which the CNBC moderators, and mainstream media in general, came under fire from several candidates, Rubio slammed the media’s reaction to Clinton’s testimony before the House Committee on Benghazi last week.
He did so by picking up on Donald Trump’s criticism of super PACs. Moments earlier Trump, who is financing his own campaign, had attacked super-PACS, saying they are causing “very good people” to make bad decisions.
“The Democrats have the ultimate Super PAC,” Rubio said. “It’s called the mainstream media who every single day –”
Interrupted by applause, he continued. “– And I’ll tell you why. Last week, Hillary Clinton went before a committee. She admitted she had sent emails to her family saying, ‘Hey, this attack at Benghazi was caused by al-Qaeda-like elements.’”
“She spent over a week telling the families of those victims and the American people that it was because of a video,” he continued. “And yet the mainstream media is going around saying it was the greatest week in Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”
“It was the week she got exposed as a liar. It was the week that she got exposed as a liar on Benghazi. But she has her super PAC helping her out – the American mainstream media.”
Responding to the GOP candidates’ criticism of the media during the debate, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweeted, “Blaming the mainstream media for all Republican failures is a typical @GOP cop out. Voters know better and won’t be fooled.”
She ended with a snarky hashtag popular among Democrats: #OMGOP.