Tags: Adam Kinzinger

Kinzinger Claim of Benghazi Lies Echoed by Senator Hutchison


Late last week, a spokesman for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton accused Representative Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.) of a “brazen deceit” for his claim that Clinton said the Benghazi attacks were not a terrorist attack in a classified briefing, and that she actually “screamed” at a member of Congress who suggested Benghazi was the work of terrorists.

Clinton aide Nick Merrill said that the briefing was September 20, nine days after the attack, not two days, as Kinzinger recalled. He also scoffed, “So we are to believe that he woke up today, 10 months and 27 days later, and suddenly remembered he heard something that 434 other people somehow missed? Not so much.”

Of course, Kinzinger did in fact ask Secretary Clinton about her comments in that briefing at a January 23 House hearing; she asserted, “I did not say that it was video, that it was about the video for Libya.”

A State Department press briefing on September 20 mentions Hillary’s briefing. Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed, “She will be there with the Director of National Intelligence Clapper. She’ll be there with Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. She’ll also be up there with Sandy Winnefeld from the Joint Chiefs, and she’ll have both a House session and a Senate session.”

Kinzinger is one of only a handful of House members to talk about their session, but more than a few senators came out of Clinton’s briefing in their side claiming she and the others had no useful information to share:

Senators say they were rebuffed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when they pressed for more information about the attack that killed U.S. envoy Christopher Stevens in Libya.

“That is the most useless, worthless briefing I have attended in a long time,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters after the closed-door session.

“It was like pulling teeth to get information yesterday,” [South Carolina Sen. Lindsey] Graham said of the meeting with Clinton and other administration officials. “A lot of senators were frustrated. And you pick up major newspapers in the country and you find details not shared with you.”

The Wall Street Journal published a similarly detailed account of the attack.

“We were told nothing. We were told absolutely nothing,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), ranking Republican on the Armed Services Panel.

Kinzinger’s accusation echoes a late-November claim by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison:

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., said on CNN that she was “very concerned” about the administration’s response, citing information given during a classified Senate briefing Sept. 20, more than a week after the attack.

“They were telling us things that they knew, that we even saw in the press, were not correct information,” she said, adding that “I do think we need to go into this in depth.”

Tags: Adam Kinzinger , Kay Bailey Hutchison , Hillary Clinton

Did Hillary ‘Scream’ at a Congressman During a Benghazi Briefing?


Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.) is getting attention on conservative blogs for his recent comment discussing the Benghazi attack and investigation before an audience, asking, “Why, two days after this attack, were we in a briefing with Hillary Clinton, and she’s screaming at a member of Congress for daring to suggest this was a terrorist attack?”

Kinzinger’s office confirmed that Kinzinger is describing a classified briefing for all members of Congress held two days after the attacks.

Kinzinger actually addressed this point with Secretary Clinton when she testified about Benghazi before the House, back on January 23:

KINZINGER: When you briefed us, you said unequivocally this was a result of a video. I remember in fact, you got pretty upset when somebody suggested this was a terror attack. This was our briefing that we had. But we find out now it wasn’t a video, it was this terrorist attack.

Unfortunately, Clinton addressed that point very briefly in her response; Kinzinger asked about several matters, and she ran through several issues in her response:

CLINTON: With respect to the, um, the video, I– I did not say that it was video, that it was about the video for Libya. It certainly was for many of the other places where we were watching these disturbances. With respect to the Predator feed or video of the attack . . . 

Perhaps other members of Congress in attendance of that briefing will attest that the secretary indeed provided false information about the attacks, and reacted strongly and negatively when someone offered an assessment that turned out to be accurate.

Tags: Adam Kinzinger , Benghazi , Hillary Clinton

Chicago Tribune Endorses Kinzinger, Dold, Schilling


The Chicago Tribune unveils some endorsements for the House:

Adam Kinzinger is 32. He was elected at age 20 to the McLean County Board and served for five years. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he signed up for the Air Force. He was deployed twice to Iraq and flew missions into Afghanistan. (Just as an aside, he once disarmed a man who had attacked a woman with a knife in Madison, Wis.)

The young man has accomplished a great deal.

And yet Halvorson’s ads derisively dismiss him as a “politician.” Halvorson, take note, spent 12 years in the Illinois Senate and the last two years in the U.S. House. Red ink, meet red ink.

Kinzinger is one of the most impressive new candidates we have seen this year. He puts a premium on energy independence, on creating a climate that encourages business to create jobs, on finding new markets for the employers who put people to work in the 11th District. He makes a sure-footed defense of his conservative views. Kinzinger is endorsed.

. . .  Republican Robert Dold and Democrat Dan Seals continue that tradition of strong debate. Dold is a Kenilworth businessman. He’s making his first run for office, but has been active in Republican Partypolitics for years and was an investigative counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. Seals is a Wilmette business consultant. He’s making his third run for this office. Call this the battle of the MBAs, Seals (University of Chicago) vs. Dold (Northwestern.)

It’s tempting to endorse Seals. We liked him each time we endorsed Mark Kirk over him. Our support this time goes to Dold. Though Democrats want to portray him as an arch-conservative, we’re convinced he will be in the moderate, pro-choice, independent mold of Kirk. And Dold will take a much firmer line on out-of-control federal spending than Seals. Dold is endorsed.

. . . Democratic Rep. Phil Hare, of Rock Island, is one of the most ardent trade protectionists in the House, much like his mentor, former Rep. Lane Evans. Common wisdom was that stance fit his district. (That’s by design. Democrats drew the 17th District boundaries that look like a crab’s claw, weaving around and about Illinois to snare enough pockets of Democrats to keep Republicans out of power.) But Republican Bobby Schilling, of Colona, is waging a heck of a campaign and has a real chance of winning. Schilling has been a union official, worked in financial services and now owns a pizzeria in Moline.

Schilling knows that farmers and manufacturers in western Illinois benefit from finding more markets, and that business and labor have to work together to establish those markets. Hare has tried to paint Schilling as an extremist. Our impression from talking to Schilling is that he’s a smart, independent conservative. Hare votes the Democratic Party line more than any other member of the Illinois delegation. Schilling is endorsed over Hare and Green Party candidate Roger Davis, of Quincy.

Tags: Adam Kinzinger , Bob Dold , Bobby Schilling

Time to Take Out the Trash in Illinois’ 11th District


Illinois Democrat Debbie Halvorson: You don’t just want to see her beaten; you want to see her beaten badly.

Confident campaigns do not send their volunteers out with signs of the opponent with Hitler mustaches.

Tags: Adam Kinzinger , Debbie Halvorson

GOP Challenger Kinzinger 51, Democrat Incumbent Halvorson 40


If you’re a House GOP challenger who isn’t beating a Democrat incumbent by double digits, you must feel like an underachiever these days. The latest in Illinois:

A new internal poll shows Republican congressional challenger Adam Kinzinger leading freshman Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson by 11 percentage points, Kinzinger’s campaign said Monday.

The poll of 400 likely voters in the south suburban 11th Congressional District found Kinzinger leading Halvorson 51 percent to 40 percent.

While the poll said Kinzinger is now known by 60 percent of the respondents, the number who had a favorable impression of him — 27 percent — and those that have an unfavorable impression — 4 percent — only add up to 31 percent.

Of course, the Sun-Times gives a good reason for caution:

The polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies, found Halvorson’s last Republican opponent, Marty Ozinga, within 2 percentage points of her just before election day. She won that race 58 percent to 35 percent.

UPDATE: Never trust the Chicago Sun-Times. Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies writes in:

The Sun-Times has apologized and is correcting that item.  There was NEVER a poll that we did that showed the race just two points in 2008. 

Our final poll was done October 12-13 and showed Ozinga down double digits.  It was not released, and after that poll, he essentially stopped spending money. 

Tags: Adam Kinzinger , Debbie Halvorson

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