John McCain scolds reporter for comparing Benghazi attack to Petraeus affair.

McCain Scolds Reporter For Comparing Benghazi to Petraeus Affair

McCain Scolds Reporter For Comparing Benghazi to Petraeus Affair

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Nov. 14 2012 1:29 PM

John McCain Was Not Amused By "One of the Dumbest Questions" He's Ever Heard

At a press conference on Capitol Hill today, Sen. John McCain was asked whether the still-developing story of David Petraeus' affair with his biographer, along with a potentially related e-mail relationship between Gen. John Allen and a Tampa socialite, was a higher national security concern than the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

"Well, I say with great respect, that is one of the dumbest questions I've ever heard," the Arizona Republican responded, later adding: "It's certainly a national security issue, but it doesn't rise to the level of four dead Americans."

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.