Benghazi mom to attend debate as Trump guest

Benghazi mom to attend debate as Trump guest

By ANNA GIARITELLI (@ANNA_GIARITELLI) • 10/18/16 5:09 PM
The mother of a Benghazi victim will attend the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night as a guest of Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Pat Smith, the mother of a State Department information technology consultant who was killed in the September 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, told Yahoo News on Monday that she planned to accept the billionaire businessman’s invitation, which was extended to her earlier in the day.

“I think I’m going to be in the front row. But I’m not sure,” Smith said. “I want to look in Hillary’s eyes and have her lie to me again.”

It’s not Smith’s first time front and center at a presidential event. She spoke at the Republican National Convention in July, telling conservatives in an emotional speech that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was to blame for the deaths of her son and three others.

“I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son,” Smith said then. “Personally.”

Trump’s campaign hopes Smith’s attendance on Wednesday night will give their candidate a confidence boost, while doing the opposite for the former secretary of state.

“Hillary said, ‘What difference does it make?’ The difference was four lives were lost in Benghazi, and the families have still never had a solid answer from Hillary Clinton as to why we allowed this to happen. Hopefully Wednesday these families will get their answer,” said retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a Trump campaign adviser.

“Foreign hot spots” is one of the six topics that Chris Wallace has chosen to focus on during the debate, meaning that he could ask a question about the terrorist attack on the consulate.

In the first debate, the Clinton campaign invited billionaire businessman Mark Cuban to attend. Cuban is a former friend of Trump’s, and the Clinton machine had intended for Cuban’s attendance to throw off Trump.

In the second debate, Trump hosted three women who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting them.

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