The Obama Administration’s initial assessment of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi determined that protests over an anti-Muslim movie led up to the attack on the consulate that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
However, according to new information relayed by two senior State Department officials on a conference call with reporters yesterday, there were no protests before the attack and the streets were quiet.
Documents obtained by CNN also indicate that top security officials in Libya asked for extra security for the Benghazi consulate in the months before the diplomatic post was overrun, but received no response from superiors.
These recent revelations, as well as the information disclosed in a House Oversight Committee hearing set to happen today, will definitely have an impact on the campaign trail.
Jen Psaki, traveling press secretary for the Obama campaign, talks with Soledad on “Starting Point” this morning to discuss the new information and to weigh in on today’s hearing.
Psaki says that it’s “unfortunate” that the Romney campaign has made the Libya attack a political issue, asserting that “nobody wants to get to the bottom of [what happened] more than the president.”
The campaign rep. also responds to recent polls that show Romney gaining ground in the presidential race.
“We don’t get too high when things are high or down when things are down, and that’s why we’re running like we’re five points down in every state,” Psaki explains. “We knew this race was going to be close.”