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WASHINGTON – Today, American Crossroads released the results of its monthly Vox Populi battleground state tracking poll showing that Hillary Clinton continues to lose ground to a generic Republican. In an online poll of registered voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, Clinton trails a generic Republican nominee by 35% to 54%; down from November’s poll when she trailed 40% to 52%.

The poll also found that 55% of respondents were less likely to vote for Clinton because of her support for continuing to accept Syrian refugees following the Paris attacks. Similarly damaging is the ongoing FBI investigation into possible Espionage Act violations arising from her use of a private email server – 56% of those surveyed are less likely to vote for her as a result.

The December poll can be viewed here, and the full trends from our monthly polls can be accessed here.

“Even with all the drama and uncertainty of the Republican nominating contest, voters aren’t buying Hillary—in fact, their distrust of her continues to grow each month, especially as her failed record as Secretary of State comes into focus.” – American Crossroads Communications Director, Ian Prior

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“After years of spin, deception, and distraction from President Obama and Hillary Clinton, this email makes it clear that the Obama Administration and then-Secretary Clinton had a chance to save the four Americans killed in Benghazi – and shamefully did nothing.” – American Crossroads Communications Director, Ian Prior

‘Spinning up as we speak’: Email shows Pentagon was ready to roll as Benghazi attack occurred

Fox News, December 8, 2015

As the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was unfolding, a high-ranking Pentagon official urgently messaged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top deputies to offer military help, according to an email obtained by Judicial Watch.

The revelation appears to contradict testimony Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave lawmakers in 2013, when he said there was no time to get forces to the scene in Libya, where four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

“I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton],” reads the email, from Panetta’s chief of staff Jeremy Bash. “After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.”

The email was sent out at 7:19 p.m. ET on Sept. 11, 2012, in the early stages of the eight-hour siege that also claimed the lives of Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALs, Ty Woods and Glen Doherty, private CIA contractors who raced to the aid of embattled State Department workers.

Although the email came after the first wave of the attack at the consulate, it occurred before a mortar strike on the CIA annex killed Woods and Doherty.

“This leaves no doubt military assets were offered and ready to go, and awaiting State Department signoff, which did not come,” Judicial Watch, a nonprofit government watchdog said in a statement.

Parts of the email from Bash were redacted before release, including details on what military forces were available.

In defending the Obama administration’s lack of a military response to the attack, Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee nearly two years ago that “time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response.”

The first assault occurred at the consulate at 3:40 p.m. ET. The second attack on the CIA annex a little over a mile away began three hours later. Bash’s email was sent approximately 40 minutes after that attack began.

Bash’s email, which bore the subject line “Libya,” was sent to Clinton’s then-deputy chief of staff Jacob Sullivan, Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Thomas Nides.

The attack came in three waves at two locations. It began when a handful of attackers scaled the wall of the diplomatic post at dusk and opened a gate, allowing dozens of armed men inside who then set the building on fire. Stevens and Smith died after breathing in smoke while hiding in a safe room, and later died.

Hours later, a nearby CIA annex was attacked twice. Woods and Doherty died there while defending the annex from the rooftop. A team of six security officials summoned from Tripoli and a Libyan military unit helped evacuate the remaining U.S. personnel who were taken to an airport and flown out of Benghazi.

The Obama administration later falsely claimed that the attack was triggered by an Internet video that insulted Islam.

Lawmakers investigating the events surrounding Benghazi already had acquired the e-mail, along with tens of thousands of others related to the probe, according to Matt Wolking, spokesman for the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

“The Select Committee has obtained and reviewed tens of thousands of documents in the course of its thorough, fact-centered investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attacks, and this information will be detailed in the final report the Committee hopes to release within the next few months,” Wolking told FoxNews.com. “While the Committee does not rush to release or comment on every document it uncovers, I can confirm that we obtained the unredacted version of this email last year, in addition to Jake Sullivan’s response.”



Last week, America suffered its most deadly terror attack since 9/11. Since then, Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland has said NOTHING publicly about that attack or the larger question of national security.

Not on Facebook, not on Twitter, not on his website.

And when Strickland was contacted by a reporter to discuss whether he agreed with the liberal reflex of more gun control to stop terror attacks, Strickland’s representative said he was too busy “fundraising.”

Sounds like the tag line for a political ad – Ted Strickland, too busy fundraising to talk about national security.

“Ted Strickland has been embarrassingly silent on the terrorist attack that struck our nation last week. It’s well past time that Strickland realizes that running for Senate requires real leadership, not merely fundraising in Washington D.C. and posting Throwback Thursday pictures on Facebook.”

“President Obama is playing defense, not offense: defending his ineffective policies instead of adopting a new offensive strategy to decisively destroy ISIS. And other than a few rhetorical flourishes, Hillary Clinton’s position is essentially the same: clinging to their weak policies that have made us and the world less safe.

“Even as the San Bernardino attack was still playing out, both Obama and Clinton called for liberal gun control against Americans instead of hard-hitting terrorist control against Islamic extremists.  This is a defining moment in the fight to keep our country safe from terror, and Obama and Hillary showed why they have failed to meet that challenge.”

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Hillary Rodham Clinton will spend the next twelve months in the Granite State, faking a New Hampshire accent and telling voters that she is one of them. Today, however, she will be collecting #Deflategate cash at the Manhattan law firm that collected millions to get laughed out of Federal Court for the NFL’s bogus witch hunt of Tom Brady.

Here is our challenge to Hillary Clinton – cancel the #Deflategate fundraiser and prove to New Hampshire voters that she won’t stand for wasting taxpayer dollars on ill-conceived witch hunts.

“It says a lot that the perpetually tone deaf Hillary Clinton would raise tainted Deflategate money from the lawyers that collected millions in a frivolous witch hunt of New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady. Granite Staters would do well to remember this when she is hosting rallies in January shouting ‘Go Patriots’ in her fake New Hampshire accent.” American Crossroads Communications Director Ian Prior

“From Libya to Russia to China, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been the chief architect of the Obama administration’s failed policy of coddling adversaries, disrespecting allies and leading from behind. We will continue do whatever is necessary to demonstrate to voters how Clinton’s disastrous record as Secretary of State makes her unfit for the presidency.”


As Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares to give her national security speech today, here are a few questions that she should have to answer:

(1) Hillary Clinton has criticized Republicans for wanting to halt the influx of Syrian refugees. Does that harsh criticism also apply to Democrats who have taken a similar position such as New Hampshire Governor and Senate candidate Maggie Hassan, Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland, and Nevada Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto?

(2) Leaders take responsibility for their mistakes. Given that Hillary was a lead proponent of the strategy to effect regime change in Libya, will she admit any mistakes in a strategy that has led to chaos, lawlessness, and ISIS gaining a strong foothold in the country?

(3) Hillary justifies intervention in Libya based on the fact that Gadaffi was a tyrant that had American blood on his hands. However, Hillary warmly welcomed that tyrant’s son to the State Department in 2009 and only took a stance against the Gadaffi regime when it was politically expedient to do so. Was Hillary’s formerly pro-Gadaffi stance influenced by (A) the fact that major Clinton Foundation donors had significant business interests in Libya, and/or (B) that her first international energy envoy, David Goldwyn, had formerly served as executive director of the U.S.-Libya Business Association and had lobbied for new U.S. business deals with Gadaffi’s government?

(4) Hillary Clinton was the chief architect of the Obama Administration’s “pivot” to Asia, which would counter China’s growing hegemony in the region. In fact, Clinton called it “among the most important diplomatic efforts of our time.” That effort has been a failure and the repercussions of that failure are a threat to the stability of the region. Looking back on the failure of the “pivot” to Asia, what would Hillary now do differently?

(5) In 2013, Hillary wrote a memo to President Obama proposing to close GITMO and transfer terrorists. In that memo, she outlined a strategy for Obama to get around a requirement that the Secretary of Defense certify that transferred detainees would not engage in acts of terrorism. What was Hillary’s logic in advising Obama to end-around a certification that a GITMO detainee would not engage in acts of terrorism?

As Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares to give a national security speech tomorrow, it is worth looking again at perhaps her biggest foreign policy failure – Libya. While initially Hillary and her close advisor Sidney Blumenthal thought that her Libya policy could be something to hang her hat on, those in the know – like former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates – said that Hillary was “playing it by ear” in Libya.

As we now know, Hillary’s strategy in Libya was an abject failure and has helped ISIS gain a massive foothold in the vacuum created by Hillary’s policy. But she has repeatedly defended her intervention policy by reminding everyone that Muammar Gaddafi was a tyrant who had “more blood on his hands of Americans than anybody else.”

But here is the question that more in the media need to start asking Hillary – Gaddafi was a murderous dictator well before Hillary became Secretary of State; so why did she so warmly welcome Mutassim Gaddafi, the Libyan tyrant’s son and national security adviser, to the State Department in April, 2009?

Check out the video of Hillary’s meeting with Mutassim here.

Could it be that Hillary’s warm welcome of Gaddafi was because, as the Washington Examiner reports, so many donors to the Clinton Foundation had business interests in Libya?