Key Republican ready to give Rice a chance to explain herself on Benghazi attacks
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Key Republican ready to give Rice a chance to explain herself on Benghazi attacks

Washington : DC : USA | Nov 26, 2012 at 5:05 AM PST
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Senator John McCain says he’s ready to change his view on Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN, provided she explains her position on September 11 attacks at the U.S Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

McCain’s statement comes as a surprise Sunday, after some harsh criticism from the senator, and two other Republicans followed Rice after she described the attacks as protests caused due to the anti-Islamic video which later on turned out to be terrorist acts. McCain had accused Rice of sending incorrect information and challenged her possible nomination to fill the position as Secretary of State of United States, which will soon be vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

On Wednesday, Rice said that her initial statement was solely based upon the information provided to her by the intelligence community. "I made clear that the information was preliminary," Rice told reporters outside the United Nations. President Barack Obama has also defended Rice saying that bringing her into the issue is totally unacceptable and if accusers must accuse someone, they should talk to him and he would be more than happy to explain.

However while discussing the issue Sunday, McCain told Fox News that he is open to change his mind on Rice if she explains why she did what she did. “I'd give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took. I'd be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her."

“But she's not the problem. The problem is the president of the United States," who, McCain said, misled the public on terrorist involvement so he could win the general elections. If people knew what really had happened in Benghazi, Obama would have risked dampening his image on national security.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate, said he would also like to hear further explanation from Rice before deciding whether she deserves to be in the Secretary of State position or not. "I don't feel that I know exactly what she was told before she went on TV that Sunday morning," Lieberman said on CNN's "State of the Union." "And I think we ought to find out before we decide on whether she's a good or bad public servant."

Meanwhile, Senator, Lindsey Graham is still suspicious of White House’s intentions over hiding the truth behind the attacks.

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Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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