Hillary Rodham Clinton stands by her “What difference, at this point, does it make” comment // And she should.
Clinton: The majority of the panelists in both the House and the Senate, I thought, were very constructive, asked sensible questions that deserved answers, but when someone tries to put it into a partisan lens, when they focus, not on the fact that we had such a terrible event happening with four dead Americans but instead what did somebody say on a Sunday morning talk show, that to me is not in keeping with the seriousness of the issue and the obligation we all have as public servants.
McFadden: Do you regret “what difference at this point does it make?” It has been so analyzed in the moment since you said it.
Clinton: No, because I think asking questions about talking points for a Sunday morning talk show is really missing the point. The accountability review board, chaired by Ambassador [Thomas] Pickering and Admiral [Michael] Mullen didn’t pay any attention to that. They looked at what we could have done, what we have to do in order to prevent this in the future and remember, there have only been two of these accountability review boards for the time since 1988 ever made public. All the others have been made classified. I believe in transparency. I said, “let the chips fall where they may, put it all out there,” and I don’t want that to be politicized. I want it to serve as a framework for working together between the administration and the congress to keep our people safe.
McFadden: So you stand by what you said?