President Obama held a press briefing today, answering questions on Petraues, Benghazi, the fiscal cliff, immigration and Syria. The most notable moment came when a questioner mentioned that Republican senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham want a “Watergate style hearing” on the Benghazi attacks, and would do everything in their power to prevent Susan Rice from becoming Secretary of State, should she be nominated. The President issued a fiery response:
If Senator McCain and Senator Graham, and others want to go after somebody? They should go after me. And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador who had nothing to do with Benghazi? And was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received? And to besmirch her reputation is outrageous.
While Graham and McCain were not in the room, their responses were announced quickly on twitter:
Senator McCain's response came via his daughter, Meghan:
On the economy, President Obama repeated that he would sign a tax cut for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses “right now.” This has been the line he has used to put pressure on House Republicans to pass that tax cut, but they are holding out to try and use it as a bargaining chip in “fiscal cliff” negotiations.