Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday and spoke out on the debacle of the attack on Benghazi, and said he expects more information to surface on the IRS scandal the administration is facing.
Candy Crowley began the program with polling numbers that said by a margin of 50 percent to 44 percent, people did not think that the Obama administration misled the public on the Benghazi attack. Similarly, on the question of whether White House officials ordered the IRS to target conservative political groups, the sample answered “no”, by a margin of 55 percent to 37 percent.
Crowley then asked Paul if he agreed with the majority on either of those questions.
Paul said it didn’t matter what he believed, or even what the poll numbers show, but that whoever is responsible in either case is held accountable. What was more problematic, he said, was that someone made the decision to put an embassy and a consulate in a war-torn country with inadequate security, and called it a tragic error.
It’s not about blame, he said, but about making sure it doesn’t happen again. Crowley pressed that Paul’s remarks lately seemed to make the issues more political, because he spoke in Iowa and New Hampshire, but Paul responded that he made the same remarks everywhere he spoke.
Turning the discussion to the IRS targeting political groups, Crowley insisted that the she did not think the targeting was done in a political manner, and asked Paul if he thought it was.
“Well, we keep hearing the reports and we have several specifically worded items saying who was being targeted. In fact, one of the bullet points says those who are critical of the president,” Paul said. “So I don’t know if that comes from a policy, but that’s what’s being reported in the press and reported orally. I haven’t seen a policy statement, but I think we need to see that.”
Watch the CNN interview here.
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