Susan Rice Is Frontrunner for Secretary of State
She'll visit her 3 biggest Benghazi critics
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2012 7:56 PM CST
US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice addresses members of the media at UN headquarters Saturday, April 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – Looks like Susan Rice's star is on the rise. After handling a barrage of Republican criticism over Benghazi, Rice has become the frontrunner to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, the AP reports. Rice will visit key lawmakers this week and sit down with three of her biggest Senate critics tomorrow: John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte, reports Politico. "I'm not hoping for anything," said McCain when asked if he still opposed her nomination. "She asked to see me and I agreed to see her."

Hoping to avoid a major political battle, the White House is feeling out other GOP lawmakers to see how deeply they oppose Rice. But at least publicly, Republicans have softened their views on her: "I assumed she had full knowledge of everything that went on" in Benghazi, said Sen. Jim Inhofe. "I'm not at all convinced of that now." If Rice wins the nomination, the AP says, she will likely press President Obama to intervene more in world affairs. She's also more blunt—even aggressive—and known for her occasional use of salty language.

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Knute
Nov 30, 2012 9:43 AM CST
Rice should thank McPain and Grahamcracker for their stupid opposition. If Obama ever thought of appointing anyone, else he can't now .
gerlev10
Nov 29, 2012 10:57 PM CST
Rice is an "overcooked toast" for SOS! Ya'll look like gullible idiots who don't realise that the WH, in the 1st place threw Rice under the bus, by making her the point-person instead of the SOS Clinton, who should have been the one to debate over the Benghazi affair! Instead they sent Rice on the Sunday talk-show ciruit on 5 different programs with totally false info (not intel), briefed and prepared by the WH to disseminate these fabrications to the American public, knowingly. Where was Hillary Clinton, the Ostrich? Should have been her job to ride the waves of what was then an attack on US diplomats by AL-Quaeda and created a deadly diplomatic crisis ! She (hilary) was obviously shielded to avoid the scrutiny of the real facts around the Benghazi diplomatic blunder that created the tragedy around electon time. Or is it that she, Hillary refused to lie and was replaced by Susan Rice? All intently devised by the WH, for appeasement... BenghaziGate, maybe?
Riffran
Nov 27, 2012 2:26 AM CST
funny article. The lady parrots obvious BS from her chain of command, and gets called on it, and it's a focus on "Republican criticism"