Why Did the RNC Pull This Pre-Election Benghazi Ad?

Leah Barkoukis

5/9/2013 8:30:00 PM - Leah Barkoukis

It starts with a replay of an ad Hillary Clinton’s campaign ran in 2008 that pictures a little girl sleeping. The narrator says, “It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep, but there’s a phone in the White House and it’s ringing—something is happening in the world.” The ad then cuts to video of the consulate in Benghazi burning. The words, “The call came…on September 12, 2012” appear over the footage and sounds of a ringing phone can be heard in the background. The screen goes black: “Security requests denied. Four Americans dead. And an administration whose story is still changing.”

The ad, obtained by ABC News, was supposed to run last fall during the final weeks of the campaign but never did. The spot was approved by RNC leadership but was pulled at the last minute over concerns from the Romney campaign that the ad would “distract from Romney’s efforts to focus on the economy.”

Really? They couldn't have attacked the Obama administration on both fronts?