Why Hillary Clinton Didn’t Appear On Sunday Shows: ‘There Are Other Things I’d Prefer To Do On Sunday Mornings’

To the many things Congress is learning about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her Benghazi hearings today, we can add the fact that she’s not a big fan of the Sunday morning political talk shows.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), perhaps best known for shouting “You lie!” at President Obama during a speech to Congress in 2009, asked Clinton this afternoon why she decided to send U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to represent the administration on the Sunday shows the week after the Benghazi attack instead of appearing herself.

Clinton responded by expressing her general aversion to the weekly programs.

“I have to confess, here in public, going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do. There are other things I’d prefer to do on Sunday mornings. And, you know, I haven’t been on a Sunday show in way over a year. It just isn’t something that I normally jump to do. And I did feel strongly that we had a lot that we had to manage, that I had to respond to, and that that should be my priority.”

The last time Hillary Clinton appeared on a Sunday morning show was back in October of 2011 when she discussed the death of Muammar Gaddafi among other diplomatic issues.

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GOP Senator Who Battled Clinton Claims He ‘Embarrassed’ Her, Forced Her Off ‘Rehearsed’ Talking Points

Following his contentious exchange with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding her knowledge of the Benghazi attack in 2012, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) spoke with BuzzFeed about the confrontation. Johnson said he thought Clinton launched into an “emotionally” charged response to his line of questioning in order to avoid delivering a substantive response. He claimed that his line of questioning may have “embarrassed” Clinton and forced her to abandon her prepared talking points.

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During his portion of Wednesday’s hearings, Johnson repeatedly prodded Clinton to clarify what the administration believed was the impetus for the attack in Benghazi – a YouTube video and the spontaneous protests it spawned, or terrorists. “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. What difference, at this point, does it make?” Clinton shot back.

Johnson told BuzzFeed that he thought Clinton’s animated response to his question was contrived.

“I’m not sure she had rehearsed for that type of question,” Johnson told BuzzFeed Wednesday afternoon, after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. “I think she just decided before she was going to describe emotionally the four dead Americans, the heroes, and use that as her trump card to get out of the questions. It was a good way of getting out of really having to respond to me.”

“I just don’t think she had an answer to that,” Johnson said of his ability to shake Clinton from her talking points. “Maybe it embarrassed her. Maybe she hadn’t thought of it that way.”

Read the interview via BuzzFeed

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Limbaugh Tears Into Hillary Clinton’s ‘Bullsh*t’ Testimony: ‘What Did She Do To Save Anybody?’

Rush Limbaugh responded to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s Benghazi testimony on Wednesday — and he wasn’t happy. To say the least. Pointing to Clinton’s much-circulated “what difference, at this point, does it make?” remark, Limbaugh tore into Senate hearing and Clinton’s answers.

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Replaying Clinton saying they were “people trying in real time to get to the best information,” Limbaugh responded: “That’s flat-out bullshit! … What did she do to save anybody?”

“What difference does it make the administration lied to the American people?” Limbaugh asked. What difference does it make the president lied to the American people? What difference does it make Jay Carney lied to the American people? What difference does it make that Susan Rice lied to the American people?”

“You’re the one spreading the story,” Limbaugh asserted. “And you tell us you’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen again, and you can’t even be honest about why it happened?”

The radio host further criticized the committee’s “fawning” and “butt kissing” over Clinton and her work — when she wasn’t qualified for the job and lied to Americans. “In their dreams the American people are thankful,” Limbaugh remarked, mocking the laudatory comments showered on Clinton.

Let’s not forget that “Hillary and Obama helped unleash the Arab Spring,” he continued, and “overthrow an ally in the war on terror.”

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Senator Johnson Slams Hillary Clinton’s ‘Theatrics’ At Benghazi Hearing

One of the most fiery moments in this morning’s Senate hearings on Benghazi came when Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) grilled Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her agency’s talking points and she responded as follows.

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Senator Johnson turned to WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee after the hearings had ended to share his reactions with host Charlie Sykes. When asked if Clinton’s intensity surprised him, Johnson said no. “It was theatrics. Again, she didn’t want to answer questions so she makes a big show of it.”

Johnson defended his line of questioning by saying, “I’m not trying to be obnoxious here, I’m just trying to get the answers I believe the American people deserve to hear. It’s been four months.”

After what can only be described a grueling session before the Senate this morning, Clinton is currently appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee this afternoon.

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Jake Tapper: Stress Of Benghazi Attack Has Contributed To ‘Exhaustion We’ve Seen [Clinton’s] Been Suffering From’

Immediately following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony before members of the Senate regarding her knowledge of the security situation in Libya leading up to the Benghazi attacks, CNN’s Chief Washington D.C. correspondent Jake Tapper was asked for his analysis of Clinton’s testimony. When CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Tapper what he felt moved Clinton to tears while describing her experience calling the families of the victims of the Benghazi attacks, Tapper said that her duties relating to the Benghazi attacks have taken a toll on her.

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“For me, this is not just a matter of policy, it’s personal. I stood next to President [Barack] Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews,” Clinton said during her testimony as her voice cracked with emotion. “I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters, and the wives left alone to raise their children.”

“A lot of diplomatic people – we don’t perceive them in this country as necessarily putting their lives at risk,” Tapper observed. “We think, ‘oh, they work for the State Department. Their lives are not as dangerous.’ And it’s not true, and people like Secretary Clinton have now learned that firsthand.”

“From sources close to her, this really did take a very, very strong emotional toll on her,” Tapper said. “And, in addition to an exhausting job, I think probably it’s all part and parcel of the exhaustion we’ve seen that she’s been suffering from.”

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WATCH LIVE: Hillary Clinton Testifies Before U.S. House About Benghazi Attacks

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already testified before the Senate this morning about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi today. That hearing resulted in several tense moments which we’ve covered here at Mediaite.

But there will be a round two: Clinton is set to appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at 2:00 ET.

Watch the live video below, via NBC:

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Rand Paul Brutalizes Hillary Clinton: ‘Had I Been President’ I Would Have Fired You

During Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Congressional testimony regarding what she knew about the attack on an American consulate in Benghazi last year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took the opportunity of his question to bluntly attack Clinton’s negligence in the months preceding the attack. Paul thanked Clinton for taking culpability for “the worst tragedy since 9/11,” but noted that, if he had been President of the United States at the time of the attack and had learned that Clinton failed to read some key diplomatic cables before that event, he would have relieved her of her post.

RELATED: Hillary Clinton Chokes Up Speaking About Benghazi Victims During Testimony

Paul’s opening statement prior to his question for Sec. Clinton consisted of a savage rebuke of her leadership of the State Department leading up to the attack in Benghazi:

One of the things that disappointed me most about the original 9/11 is that no one was fired. We spent trillions of dollars, but there were a lot of human errors. These are judgment errors and the people who make judgment errors need to be replaced, fired, and no longer in the position of making these judgment calls.

So, we have a review board – review board finds 64 different things that we can change. A lot of them are common sense and should be done, but the question is it’s a failure of leadership that they weren’t done in advance. And four lives were cost because of this.

I’m glad that you’re accepting responsibility. I think that, ultimately, with your leaving, you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11. And I really mean that.

Had I been president at the time, and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador [Chris] Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post. I think it’s inexcusable.

“Not to know of the request for securities, really, I think, cost these people their lives,” he added. “Their lives could have been saved had someone been more available. Had someone been aware of these things – more on top of the job.”

“I think it’s good that you’re accepting responsibility, because no one else is,” Paul concluded. “There is a certain amount of culpability to the worst tragedy since 9/11, and I’m glad you’re accepting this.”

Paul went on to ask Clinton what she knew about possible shipments of weapons from Libya to Turkey and if the United States was involved in that transfer. Clinton appeared perplexed by the question. She said that she had no knowledge of any weapons transfers from Libya to Turkey, let alone any U.S. involvement in such a transfer.

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