Did Kerry steal GOP talking point for confirmation hearing?
Rep. Darrell Issa responds
- Duration 5:50
- Date Jan 25, 2013
Rep. Darrell Issa responds
Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Thank you very much during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state Senator John Kerry warned that America's fiscal problems -- limit his effectiveness.
If he's confirmed.
And the first priority of business.
Which will affect my credibility as a diplomat and our credibility as a nation.
As some as -- as we work to help other countries create order.
The first priority will be that America at last puts its own fiscal house in order.
So it isn't that what many Republicans have been saying all along doing this now from -- six.
House oversight and government we're for reform committee chair Darrell -- good morning or good afternoon -- -- congressman.
Well -- stretch it and it is interesting to -- Here -- senator.
Talk about something that he is in fact an architect.
It's a little bit like somebody killing their parents and then claiming to be an orphan.
He certainly -- an operative had had an opportunity to bring forward a budget or do well bring up the Ryan budget he's been an Olympic leadership position.
I he's leaving the senate without fiscal responsibility they're the ones that haven't passed the budget.
In over a thousand days and counting.
But wasn't she on the was -- on one of the super committees -- the debt commission.
Was he on that particular commission to try and come up with that bipartisan plan.
You know I apologize I wasn't on it Ryan was.
The that the fact is though that that that committee came up with a mixture of tax increases which we've had.
And spending cuts which we -- intact and haven't had any cooperation with Democrats in the senate to begin doing in which you saw us do just before we.
Left for this district work period for various activities like.
Meeting with the world economic leaders here -- those.
Is we we moved -- ninety days so that in fact we could attempt one more time to pass -- budget.
Something that would allow us to let public and private leaders around the world have confidence in what are spending is going to be and that in fact.
We're gonna pay our debts and one other big topic that happened on Capitol Hill this week was of course that the current secretary of state outgoing Hillary Clinton she finally came to the table to give her testimony on Ben Ghazi.
But did the whole point of the hearing there was a lot of controversy about that.
Video is being the reason why that attack had originally happened instead of calling it terrorist attack.
Did that get swept under the rug in your estimation during these hearings.
And could Republicans have actually been to blame for not bringing that up war.
Was no question that the us secretary came in with a simple message.
I take full responsibility it's not my fault.
And that message was allowed to be repeated again and again throughout the hearing.
Somehow she takes full responsibility.
Somehow those twenty -- years somehow.
The false information.
None of it goes to her the one thing I did find interesting Gretchen that did come out both in the senate and the house.
Was that she made clear that the White House made the decision to give false information and send -- ambassador rice out there Secretary Clinton said.
I didn't do it and I wasn't consulted with that does is it takes it away from state to a certain extent and says okay.
When was the president going to take responsibility didn't take it in the debates where he claimed he had made it clear statement -- but just the opposite it turns out.
It was the White House -- decided to have.
A US ambassador -- to the American people on every Sunday talk show but the interesting thing as congressman.
Will we ever know.
All of those points in the American public because.
Who else will you call to testify you're not gonna call the president right.
Well October 10 our committee made it very clear.
Normalization at the State Department and attempt to look normal by cutting security and cutting those kinds of things that -- kept.
Ambassador -- say was part of a structure determined by the State Department.
But after the attack began the failures the failures that defense the failures -- the White House and certainly the failures and honesty.
Are pretty well understood and it does go to the president step.
I think Gretchen the American people understand the president.
Falsely stated that he somehow was telling the truth in the rose garden and in fact is now responsible.
For what ambassador rice said on those -- Sunday talk as if he was saying it was that effectively it was a terrorist attack in the Rose Garden.
Then how dare he allow the sector -- the ambassador to give false testimony several days later that's the reality is we know that.
They re elected the president he gets a pass on what he did wrong but for those of us who care about Americans overseas being safe.
We can't give this administration a pass -- -- not.
Fixing the many deficiencies that we found.
On our trip just a few weeks ago and others are finding around the world Americans are not being properly protected in diplomatic missions.
And candidly as you saw it in Algeria.
There are a lot of Americans in harm's way just try to do business around the world.
-- Many danger spots for Americans and others all across this nation thanks for joining us from a beautiful spot in the world.
Down on Switzerland's.
Far far away from beautiful capital killed.
Good to see you got around those games but a lot of a lot of good conversations -- world leaders are things that -- him.