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11/14/2012 01:21 pm ET | Updated Nov 15, 2012

John McCain To Reporter: 'That's One Of The Dumbest Questions I've Ever Heard' (VIDEO)

Wednesday seems to be a testy day for press conferences.

John McCain smacked down a reporter following his remarks on the Benghazi investigation.

In response to a question about whether classified documents found leaked in the Gen. Petraeus scandal posed a greater national security threat than the Benghazi attack, McCain quickly responded, "Well I say with great respect, that's one of the dumbest questions I've ever heard."

He continued, "There's 4 dead Americans. There's 4 dead Americans. Not a socialite." The reporter attempted to interrupt but McCain quickly stopped him. "I'm answering your question. Ok, do you want me to answer your question or do you want to interrupt? Which do you want?"

After a short pause he continued, "There's 4 dead Americans. The lives of other Americans were put in jeopardy. This is a matter of 4 dead Americans. I think that the other issue raised is very serious and I think it deserves a thorough and complete investigation. But it does not rise to the level of an attack on an American consulate that took four American lives."

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