Newt Gingrich: Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Role 'Smaller Issue'

On Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” former House Speaker and CNN “Crossfire” panelist Newt Gingrich downplayed the possibility that the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi would be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s undoing.

“I think any Republican strategy which tries to nibble at Hillary Clinton is hopeless,” Gingrich said. “She has been in public life for 40 years. She was a McGovern field person in 1972. I mean, the idea that suddenly we're going to learn something new about Hillary Clinton … In fact, she’s a lot like Nixon in her capacity to survive forever. So she's a fact. I think if she gets beaten, she's going to get beaten because ObamaCare keeps decaying. She’s going to get beaten because we're losing the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. She's going to get beaten because there are big decisions and she's caught between loyalty to a president whose base is still loyal and the country. Now, if that happens, she'll lose. But we’re never going to beat her on nitpicking smaller issues.”

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