Susan Rice Gets More Bad News on Capitol Hill

She fails to win over moderate Susan Collins

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 28, 2012 3:25 PM CST

(Newser) – Susan Rice didn't have much luck yesterday convincing John McCain and others that her initial Benghazi response was an honest recitation of the best information available. So maybe she'd fare better today with the moderate Susan Collins? Not so much, reports Politico and the Washington Post. “I still have many questions that remain unanswered," said Collins, adding that she thinks the UN ambassador “decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election campaign."

Collins noted that Rice worked at the State Department in 1998 when the Kenya and Tanzania embassies were bombed, and she said Rice should have been aware of the "eerie echo" between those terror attacks and what happened at the consulate in Benghazi. Collins' comments don't bode well for Rice's chances of becoming the next secretary of state, though the Hill notes that another GOP senator with whom she met, Bob Corker, pledged to keep an open mind. Rice, though, isn't just taking heat from the right: Maureen Dowd sounds skeptical of the Benghazi affair in her New York Times column today.

UN Ambassador Susan Rice leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill with Sen. Susan Collins, R- Maine, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
UN Ambassador Susan Rice leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill with Sen. Susan Collins, R- Maine, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, walks to a meeting on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, walks to a meeting on Capitol Hill Wednesday.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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