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Clinton Plays Down Politics at Beverly Hills Event


Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accepts an award from the he Pacific Council on International Policy. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / May 8, 2013)

Hours after Republican members of Congress sharply questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton and the State Department’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the former secretary of State did not explicitly mention the controversy in an appearance Wednesday night.

But she did reference partisan bickering in the nation’s capital as she accepted an award in Beverly Hills.

“We truly, still today — despite all of our partisan wrangling, and the gridlock that sometimes seems to take hold — we stand up for the rights and opportunities of all people,” Clinton said in a speech that largely focused on U.S. policy toward Asia.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Service officers testified at a House committee hearing about the Benghazi terrorist attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

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