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Republican Senators Say Rice Meeting Just Leaves More Questions Unanswered
Three Republican senators who met Tuesday with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice say they left the meeting with more unanswered questions about her comments after the deadly September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
"I am more disturbed now than before," said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
The Capitol Hill meeting lasted about 90 minutes and also was attended by acting CIA Director Michael Morell.
Graham was joined by Sens. Kelly Ayotte, of New Hampshire, and John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
"I'm significantly troubled by the answers we got and didn't get," McCain said.
Rice continues to be discussed as one of the top candidates to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down next year.
However, the senators said after the meeting they needed more information about the attacks and the aftermath before making a decision on how they might vote on a potential Rice nomination.
Clinton has said she will step down as soon as her replacement is ready. Rice and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., have been the top names discussed for the job.
McCain has demanded Rice be held accountable for her public explanation of events following the fatal Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. He wouldn't say Monday whether she could allay his concerns.
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