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RNC's Spicer: Jay Carney's Excessive 'Spinning' Meant He Had to Go

Friday, 30 May 2014 05:49 PM

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's resignation was inevitable because his relentless positive "spinning" of Obama administration failures sapped him of all credibility, according to Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee.

"I don't know Jay personally, but I'll tell you he had a very tough job. When you're spinning that Obamacare is working, when you're spinning [the] problem at the VA ...," Spicer told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"When you watch [the press briefing] day after day … it just becomes more and more difficult to watch him stand up there and go through with this.''

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Carney announced his departure on Friday after serving at the White House spokesman since 2011. President Barack Obama said Carney's position has been a "strain" on his family.

"There's a point in which you got to go, 'Look, it's almost like a relationship. It's just not working,''' Spicer said.

"He doesn't seem to have the confidence. The press corps mocks him. He gets into a daily battle with them. At some point, it was inevitable.''

On Friday, Politico released a chapter from Hillary Clinton's upcoming memoir, "Hard Choices,'' in which she addresses the Benghazi attack, now being probed by a Republican-led House Select Committee.

The former secretary of state writes: "Those who exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country ..."

Spicer said that Clinton is saying between the lines that she's not going to come clean about Bengahzi.

"What that means is, 'Don't question me.' That's really what it comes down to. I'm going to give you the version of what happened, and everybody should just stop, take that as gospel truth, and don't question me, and anyone who does I'm going to say that you're politicizing this," Spicer said.

"She's using her book to give Democrats talking points for the 2016 election. Saying this is how you need to handle [it] when people ask you about Benghazi ...''

Spicer said the government has gotten too big and out of control under the Democrats.

"The bigger problem here isn't that we need more money, it's that we need more accountability,'' he said.

Spicer believes Clinton's discussion of Benghazi in her book will be identical to her testimony, should she be called to answer questions before the House Select Committee.

"Literally, you're reading her testimony ... This is her talking point on what she is going to say and what she is going to want everyone else to say on Benghazi.''

How her stance will fly with Americans may vary, he believes.

"The loyal leftist supporters there are going to take the talking points and go with them, which is what they generally do,'' Spicer said.

"Folks on the right will be suspect, and people in the middle are going to probably be willing to start to look.

"Once you tell people don't look at the other side, and you dismiss it, people become immediately more skeptical because they kind of wonder, why are you not even allowing me to understand the other side of the argument?''

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