Washington (CNN) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice rejected Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's claim that Libya's developing government might contain elements of the terrorist groups al Qaeda and the Taliban, categorically telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer, "there are no Taliban in Libya."
The former Godfather's Pizza CEO suggested as much at a press conference in Orlando Friday, during which he sought to clarify his opinion on President Obama's handling of Libya – a question he bungled during an editorial board with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week.
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"Do I agree with siding with the opposition? Do I agree with saying that Gadhafi should go? Do I agree that they now have a country where you've got Taliban and al Qaeda that's going to be a part of the government?" Cain asked during the press conference.
"I think I was among the many who might have been a little bit confused by that comment," Rice said during an interview on The Situation Room Monday.
Cain's campaign clarified after the Orlando press conference that he was merely expressing uncertainty over the makeup of Libya's transitional government, a point Rice conceded was a concern.
"There is potential, as there is throughout the region, for elements of Al Qaeda to infiltrate the borders," Rice said.
"The government of Libya is being very vigilant about that, and I think certainly in terms of the government, which we expect will be formed tomorrow, al Qaeda will not be part of it," she added.
–CNN's Diana Ozemebhoya contributed to this report.
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