Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter in her first public statement about the Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, said last evening during a debate with her Republican opponent, Rep. Frank Guinta, that “it is going to be a bumpy road there,” presumably referring to Libya and the surrounding region.
Shea-Porter’s remarks follow statements made by President Obama several weeks ago on 60 Minutes regarding the Benghazi attacks, where he said “there are going to be bumps in the road.” The President’s statement became the subject of harsh criticism from both the right and the left.
Watch video Shea-Porter’s remarks below:
Full text of Shea-Porter’s statement:
“…most people in that region are really really working hard for democracy. Libya is an example of people who have tried very hard and they have apologized. It is an outraged that it happened. We need to beef up the security, but we can’t have a knee jerk reaction either. We need to recognize that for a democracy to flourish, it’s going to be a bumpy road there.” – Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, WBIN-TV debate, 10/9/12
“For a former Member of Congress, particularly one who served on the Armed Services Committee, to make such light-hearted comments in response to a terrorist attack is truly troubling. The death of four Americans should never be called a ‘bump in a road.’ It is a national tragedy,” said Guinta spokesman Derek Dufresne in a statement, “Former Congresswoman Shea-Porter should apologize for her statements immediately.”