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Ann Kuster refuses to answer or discuss Benghazi at town hall

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Rep. Ann Kuster, D-N.H., refused to answer questions about the Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans on the grounds that the Libyan city isn't in the Middle East.

"I'm certainly not here to talk about it, we're here to talk about the Middle East," Kuster replied at an event in her district when asked if she would comment on the attack, according to a video of the event. She had just dismissed a written question asking what she thought about a House bill introduced by Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., who wants to House and Senate to establish a special congressional committee investigating the Benghazi attack.

It was unclear where and when the video was shot. The National Republican Congressional Committee, which circulated the video, did not know. The Washington Examiner has reached out to Kuster's office for more details. Update: The exchange took place at a Nov. 25 event hosted by Jewish Federation of New Hampshire in Manchester, according to WMUR.

"No one has been held accountable for the intelligence failures leading up to the attack," Wolf said in a November press release. "No one has said what the CIA was doing in Benghazi. None of the terrorists have been brought to justice. It has been 14 months since the attack and, as a recent bipartisan poll showed, 63 percent of the American people believe the Obama administration is covering up the facts on what happened that night."

An event staffer intervened while Kuster stood silent. "There are a lot of different ideas and a lot of different opinions here," he said. "So, we're going to stick to the format of answering questions [on the postcards] rather than get into a discussion that goes on."

The campaign arm of the House Republicans seized on Kuster's behavior as an argument against her re-election.

“Let’s be clear — Annie Kuster is a United States congresswoman," NRCC spokesman Ian Prior said in response to the video. "Four Americans died as a result of the attacks in Benghazi. For her not to even address a voter’s questions about what the United States government is doing to get answers on those terrorist attacks makes her unqualified for the office which she holds.”

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