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Bridget Johnson


November 5, 2012 - 9:36 am

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he believes the Benghazi scandal will affect the election by firing up veterans to vote.

“Our veterans are angry in a way that I have never seen them angry. I’m seeing active duty people who come over and tell me, ‘I’ve lost trust. I’ve lost trust in this commander in chief,’” McCain said this morning on Fox.

“Our veterans are usually, not passive, but they’re not the most active politically involved. They’ve served their time. They’ve served their country,” he continued. “I’ve never seen them this motivated. I’ve never seen them this animated. They’re stopping me on the street. ‘Take care of Benghazi, Senator. We’re expecting that from you.’ I mean it is — you mention the name Benghazi in front of most anybody, but in particular our veterans and they are fired-up. And I think it’s probably going to have an effect on this election.”

However, the senator said, he believes the 11th-hour uptick in polls for President Obama is “probably the hurricane.”

“I don’t know how much it lasts. I don’t know how significant it is. Usually in elections in the past, the undecideds have broken for the challenger,” McCain said.

He said the only way to get to the bottom of the Benghazi attack is with “a Watergate-type of select committee that’s bipartisan and is in Congress.”

“You’re not going to get a straight story out of this administration,” McCain said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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