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October 29th, 2013
06:52 PM ET

Roundtable: GOP Senator threatens to hold things up until Benghazi witnesses come forward

Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, tweeted Monday, "Where are the #Benghazi survivors? I'm going to block every appointment to the US Senate until they are made available to Congress."

"Lindsey Graham has to say that because Lindsey Graham is going to face a primary challenge on the right, and he's already seen as caving on the deal on the debt limit," said The Washington Post's Dana Milbank.

"He has to get right with his base there in South Carolina. I don't think it has a lot do with Benghazi," said Milbank.

"I don't agree with that at all," said CNN political commentator and Republican strategist Ana Navarro. Graham "has shown no lack of political courage. I think he is frustrated on Benghazi and he should be."

The political news of the day, however, remains the Affordable Care Act. One of the issues is that promises were made in the selling of the bill, and now President Barack Obama is having trouble explaining why they did not come to fruition, namely the promise that Americans could keep their doctors and their health plans if they wanted to.

"It has been damaging to the perception of Obamacare," said USA Today's Washington bureau chief Susan Page. "But I do think we are about to get to the point where realty will begin to matter."

That is, if the federal exchange website healthcare.gov is fixed by the end of November, as has been promised, and it works such that people can view their options online, see what their subsidy is, and get health care they can afford, Page said, then "none of this is going to matter."

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