Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped into the brewing political storm surrounding the fatal Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, telling CNN: "I take responsibility... I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world (at) 275 posts." Backing up an assertion Vice President Joe Biden made last week, Clinton added, "The president and the vice president wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals." Republicans responded that President Obama is the one ultimately responsible for diplomatic security in Benghazi, and should have known about earlier attacks in the Libyan city. "I know that we're very close to an election," Clinton told CNN. "I want to just take a step back here and say from my own experience, we are at our best as Americans when we pull together."
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