"It leaves you with the suspicion that since the president was in the campaign going around reminding everybody that bin Laden was gone and we were out of Iraq and we would soon be out of Afghanistan and implying that the war on terror was over that the campaign just felt it was inconvenient that we had a terrorist attack," McConnell said.
While giving a speech today on the progress of democratic transitions across North Africa, Secretary Clinton was solemn and resolute about how the State Department views the tragedy in Benghazi, growing emotional when she talked about the reaction from the Libyan people.
"Tens of thousands of Libyans poured into the streets to mourn Ambassador Stevens, who had been a steadfast champion of their revolution," she said. "One sign read, 'Thugs and killers don't represent Benghazi nor Islam.' On their own initiative, the people of Benghazi overran extremist bases and insisted that militias disarm and accept the rule of law. It was as inspiring a sight as any we saw in the revolutions."
In her speech Clinton seemed to answer critics who say that Washington did not do enough to protect the consulate staff, including Stevens. Clinton pointed out that the State Department sends people to diplomatic posts in over 170 countries, several are in war zones or in unstable countries where there is no U.S. military presence.
"We will never prevent every act of violence or terrorism, or achieve perfect security. Our people can't live in bunkers and do their jobs," said Clinton. "But it is our solemn responsibility to constantly improve, to reduce the risks our people face and make sure they have the resources they need to do their jobs. Nobody takes that responsibility more seriously than I and the security professionals at the State Department do."
ABC News's Jon Garcia contributed to this report.