Democrats on Sunday morning’s news shows appeared to back away from President Barack Obama on his administration’s response to the Benghazi terror attack and his blurry “red line” on Syria’s chemical weapons.
On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) admitted that the Obama administration’s talking points on Benghazi, edited to remove references to extremism and blaming protests against an anti-Islamic YouTube video for the violence, were “false. They were wrong. There were no protests outside the Benghazi compound.”
On CBS News’ Face the Nation, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, also admitted that the administration’s talking points were wrong, though putting the changes down to the fact that the intelligence changed over time in a “volatile situation.”
Meanwhile, on Syria, former Rep. Jane Harman, a prominent California Democraet, acknowledged on NBC News’ Meet the Press that the Obama administration had been slow to respond: “I wish we had acted sooner.”
Republicans remain divided on the Syria issue, but on Benghazi the caucus anticipates a week of testimony that will prove deeply damaging to the Obama administration, as well as the media’s attempts to protect him.