How Hillary Clinton is Preparing for The House Benghazi Circus

AP

On the cusp of her testimony before the Republican-led House Committee on Benghazi, Hillary Clinton is leveling the political playing field by aggressively advocating her tenure as secretary of state — a tenure that has recently been under harsh scrutiny.

This five-minute ad features an all-star cast of world leaders and foreign diplomats praising Hillary Clinton and her diplomatic work.

Bracing for the Benghazi Committee Tsunami

Although Thursday’s hearing will specifically focus on Clinton’s decisions regarding to the U.S. Embassy Attack in 2012, the rest of her resume as Secretary of State will also be under the microscope — something Clinton is preemptively defending with this ad.

And the video takes an interesting stance on a couple of Clinton’s controversial decisions — specifically the ones that Republicans often condemn as failures.

Most notably, the ad doesn’t reference her involvement with the sharply partisan Iran Nuclear Deal (an issue Republicans are quick to rope her into). Instead, the ad focuses on her strict stance in upholding harsh sanctions with the Islamic Republic.

The ad also doesn’t mention her involvement (or lack thereof) in the formation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with her base. Instead, we see Julia Gillard, the Former Prime Minister of Australia, praising Hillary’s diplomatic success in Japan, Australia and South Korea — the major players in the trade deal. And like the TPP, the ad doesn’t include China.

Riding the Post Debate ‘Leadership’ Wave

According to The Washington Post, the Clinton campaign is helping to organize public appearances with prominent surrogates to make the case this week that Clinton’s four years as secretary of state are anything but a liability.

This comes just days after Hillary Clinton’s commanding performance at the first Democratic debate. Since then, most major news outlets have been unanimous in highlighting her dominance when it came to her resume on foreign policy — a resume she will be defending in front of the Benghazi Committee on Thursday.

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