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At fundraiser, Obama dismisses GOP scrutiny of Benghazi, Obamacare

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President Obama chided Republicans for scrutinizing his administration's handling of the Benghazi, Libya, attack and the implementation of Obamacare.

Obama made the comments during a Monday night fundraiser in Potomac, Md., to benefit House Democrats in the upcoming midterms. He said most Americans agree with his priorities and that Republicans are trying to sow cynicism with their investigations into Benghazi and criticism of the Affordable Care Act.

“[The] debate we’re having right now is about, what, Benghazi? Obamacare?” he asked. “And it becomes this endless loop. It’s not serious. It’s not speaking to the real concerns that people have.”

The American public, he said, is on Democrats' side on several top issues, including raising the minimum wage, passing comprehensive immigration reform and pay equity for women.

Republicans' main focus right now, Obama told the crowd of supporters, is to block his agenda and make people cynical so they don't get out to the polls to vote in November.

“We've got one party in Congress right now ... whose principal focus at any given point in the day is trying to figure out how can they make people sufficiently cynical, sufficiently angry, sufficiently suspicious that they can win the next election,” he said.

Obama is under pressure this week to formally address the problems at the Veterans Affairs Department after allegations of secret waiting times at VA hospitals that may have cost 40 veterans their lives.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough appeared on the Sunday talk shows and repeatedly said the president is infuriated by the unfolding VA scandal, “and I have the scars to prove it.”

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Susan Crabtree

White House Correspondent
The Washington Examiner