McCain and Co. 'Troubled' After Meeting Susan Rice

Could-be secretary of state can't win over critics

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 27, 2012 12:01 PM CST

(Newser) – Susan Rice met with her harshest GOP critics on Capitol Hill this morning—and apparently it didn't go well. The US ambassador to the UN was hoping to reassure John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte that she wasn't trying to mislead anyone when she described the Benghazi attack as a spontaneous protest—and perhaps get a sense of whether they'd support her rumored secretary of state candidacy. But the senators emerged decidedly unconvinced, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some we didn't get," McCain told reporters after. Ayotte and Graham sang much the same tune. Rice's explanation "does not do justice to the reality at the time," Graham said. "All I can say is that the concerns I have are greater today than they were before."

John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte are seen following their meeting with Susan Rice today.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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