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
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)

(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.

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truesoy
Nov 29, 2012 8:19 AM CST
QUESTION: Where were these concerned members of Congress after 9-11, 2001? Were they asking any questions then, and if not, why? Now, 11 Sept. 2001 was a real incident crying for a real congressional investigation, unlike the Benghazi incident. However, if it is questions they have, then they, the republicans, should explain why they voted against more funding for security at the embassies when it was requested just prior to the Benghazi incident? Sincerely, Truesoy
Rugger1
Nov 29, 2012 7:32 AM CST
GOP trashing Rice so they can get Brown in the backdoor when Kerry is nominated. Kills 2 birds with one stone - they get to pick up a senate seat and get rid of a senior/powerful Democratic Senator at the same time.
ProbolyKnot
Nov 29, 2012 4:51 AM CST
I see bmoc has taken it upon himself to post to this article 10 times more than anybody else. Pity that 99% of what he posts is personal insults and blathering hate mongering with no basis in fact. I wonder why the Newser monitors allow him to get away with that.