Will Benghazi impact Hillary Clinton's political future?

Published Wednesday, May 08, 2013 / The Five

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," May 8, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: The fact is, we have four dead Americans. Was it because of protests or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?

ERIC NORDSTROM: The committee's labors to uncover what happened prior, during and after the attack matter. Most importantly -- excuse me -- it matters to the friends and family of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods who were murdered on September 11th, 2012.

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BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: His emotional testimony in the Benghazi affair and murders and terrorist acts. Hillary Clinton opened that with her testimony before a committee.

The question now is, she -- in my mind, is going to run for president in 2016. What implications does it have for her? Andrea?

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: Well, I know she said, what difference does it make? But it makes a very big difference.

You have to imagine Republicans are going use this against her. But, also, Bob, depending on who is running against her in a Democratic primary, they are going use it, as well.

In my opinion, a tape like that and after what we heard it was clear-cut terrorism immediately after the attack and they weren't ready, despite numerous warnings and three previous attacks on the same consulate, she should be blown out of water any chances for her to run.

However, the media today, yawning away again. So, Hillary Clinton has more than nine lives. So, if the media would stay on it, maybe she has a chance. You never know, politician she could come back.

BECKEL: Kimberly?

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: Yes, the question is, are they going to be able to do sufficient enough damage control to attenuate the taint of this because this is really bad. The testimony was compelling. These are witnesses that really made an impact. I think with their words, with their emotions.

These aren't people that were disgruntled, that are trying to make up sometimes. These are people from the emotion, the tone, the tenor of their voice the care deeply about America and the lives that were lost that they believe could have been saved.

BECKEL: I know both Dana and Eric listened to this testimony in detail.

Let me ask you, first, Dana, what exactly did they say Hillary Clinton did?

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: She called Gregory Hicks and asked him what he's going to do and he said, we're going to get out of here. And that's the extent of his testimony.

I will tell you one thing, though, what difference does it make? The difference is that she did call, she contacted Hicks who is now number one in charge. Two people other died after that.

BECKEL: OK, let me jus ask --

BOLLING: Two people died afterwards.

BECKEL: Dana, was there any other testimony about Hillary Clinton?

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: Yes, and about whether or not, especially about the changing of the talking points that was actually the changing of the intel, that they knew it was Al Qaeda and al Sharia, and they tried to scrub that from it and made up the story about the video. And then she did the testimony, speech in front of the casket blaming the video.

And meanwhile, that guy is still in jail.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: Can I say one thing?

BECKEL: Yes.

GUTFELD: The one thing you have to remember from that footage from Hillary is that she is not a nice person. That's the bottom line. The way she reacted, that is not a nice person.

GUILFOYLE: That's not presidential.

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