Three Republican senators who have led those concerned with the possible nomination of UN Ambassador Susan Rice to be Secretary of State say they are even more troubled after meeting with her today, according to the Associated Press.
Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire met privately with Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell for more than an hour to discuss how she managed to go on TV in the days after the attack to tell the world the Benghazi attack was due to a video, when emerging evidence was already showing that the attacks were pre-planned terrorism.
From the report:
“We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn’t get concerning evidence that was leading up to the attack on the consulate and the tragic death of four brave Americans and whether Ambassador Rice was prepared, or informed sufficiently, to give the American people the correct depiction of the events that took place,’’ McCain told reporters.
Said Graham: ‘‘Bottom line I’m more disturbed now than I was before that 16 September explanation.’’
‘‘I’m more troubled today,’’ said Ayotte, who argued that it was clear in the days after the attack that it was terrorism and not a spontaneous demonstration prompted by an anti-Muslim video.
Here’s some video of McCain as he briefed reporters on the meeting:
McCain and Graham had appeared to be backing away from their opposition to Rice in recent days after being pursued by a pack of lawmakers armed with smears that their opposition to her was racist and sexist.
Another Republican, Sen. Bob Corker or Texas, described Rice as better suited to a political than a diplomatic post:
‘‘When I hear Susan talk she seems to me like she’d be a great chairman of the Democratic National Committee,’’ Corker said. ‘‘There is nobody who is more staff supportive of what the administration does. That concerns me in a secretary of state.’’
Rice and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) are the leading candidates to replace departing Secretary of State Clinton.