Democrat Wishes Hillary Success in 2016 -- During Benghazi Terrorism Hearing

By Elizabeth Harrington | January 23, 2013 | 3:41pm EST

Rep. Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa). (AP)

( - Delegate Eni Faleomavaega Jr. (D-American Samoa) used his time during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya to essentially give his endorsement for Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, saying, "I salute you and I look ahead to 2016, wishing you much success and extending to you my highest regards."

“It is no good for any of us to use this tragedy for political gain,” Faleomavaega said at Wednesday’s hearing.  “This was a terrorist attack, first and foremost.  We must not lose sight of this brutal fact.”

“Instead, we must hold together in our commitment to defeat those who would do us harm,” he said.

“For the past 20 years you have served our nation well,” Faleomavaega added.  “You have done all that you can do to deliver freedom safely to future generations.”

“I salute you and I look ahead to 2016, wishing you much success and extending to you my highest regards,” he said.

The U.S. consulate in Banghazi, Libya, was attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2012, and four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador, Christopher Stevens.

Eni Faleomavaega Jr. is a non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives for the U.S. territory of American Samoa, located in the South Pacific Ocean.

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