CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Sen.
His remarks, which drew cheers Friday night from a crowd of about 500 Republican activists gathered here for the party's annual Lincoln Day dinner, previewed what could become an often-heard line of attack if
Coming from Paul (R-Ky.), who is openly considering his own run, the words illustrated how the debate over the deaths of Ambassador J.
While that issue has clearly found a receptive audience among Republican Party activists, it so far has gotten little traction among voters at large, who continue to give President Obama relatively healthy marks for his handling of foreign policy.
Paul, however, focused on a different issue -- one that may be more readily accessible to a wider group of voters.
In the months before the attacks, he noted, the
That, Paul said, was exactly the problem.
When asked by committee members whether she had read those requests, "She said, 'No.' She says, 'I'm busy, I get lots of cables,'" Paul said. "A I say, Look, I don't expect you to read every cable from Bulgaria or Estonia, but I do expect you from one of the five most dangerous countries in the world, Libya, to be reading those cables.' "
Administration officials have said
Earlier, in a news conference, Paul compared the Benghazi killings with an earlier foreign policy crisis, the deaths of American military personnel in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993. Left unspoken, but clearly a subtext, was that the incident marked one of the low points of the presidency of Hillary Clinton's husband, Bill Clinton.
The Kentucky senator's speech here is part of a round of visits he is making to states that play a major role in the Republican presidential nominating process. Next week, he plans a trip to New Hampshire. He also plans a trip later this month to California, where he will combine fundraising with a speech at the Reagan Library.