- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CLEVELAND — On the second night of the Republican National Convention, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin touts his role in prompting Hillary Clinton to ask “what difference, at this point, does it make?” during her 2013 testimony about the impetus behind the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

“I am the guy who provoked that infamous response from Hillary Clinton by asking a simple question: ‘Why didn’t you just pick up the phone and call the survivors?’” Mr. Johnson, who is running for re-election this year in Wisconsin, says in an excerpt of his speech released by convention organizers.

It does make a difference, Mr. Johnson says, to travelers passing through airports in Brussels and Istanbul who just wanted to get home, and to young men and woman “dancing on a summer night at a club in Orlando.”

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“It doesn’t have to be like this — we shouldn’t have to live in fear,” Mr. Johnson says. “This is a fight for freedom. It’s not someone else’s fight, this is our fight. And it is a fight we absolutely must win.”

The terrorist attack in Benghazi was a major topic of discussion on Monday night at the GOP convention, when the theme was “Make America Safe Again” and speakers honed in on issues touching on national security, immigration, law enforcement, and veterans.

The theme for the lineup of prime-time speakers on Tuesday is “Make America Work Again,” with issues related to jobs and the economy in focus.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is also among the scheduled speakers.

“The American people are tired of hearing about the bounty of government while the cost of just caring for a family or meeting daily expenses grows out of reach,” Mr. McConnell is to say, according to excerpts of his remarks.

“Over the past few years, they’ve seen government officials abuse their office and get rewarded for it. They’ve seen the middle class shrink,” he says. “And in the midst of all this they have raised a simple complaint. Who is looking out for us?”

Retired neurosurgeon and former 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is also on the list of scheduled speakers.

In his prepared remarks, Mr. Carson says that Donald Trump “understands that the blessings of this nation come with the responsibility to ensure that they are available to all, not just the privileged few.”

“It is evident in his passion for the American worker. It is found in his desire to put his considerable skills to work on behalf of American interests, not self-interest,” Mr. Carson says.

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