Obama: Republican criticism of Rice 'outrageous'
November 14th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
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Obama: Republican criticism of Rice 'outrageous'

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama called out Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain for their "outrageous" comments saying they would block U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice if she is nominated for secretary of state.

"If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after someone they should go after me," Obama said at a White House news conference on Wednesday. "When they go after the U.N. ambassador apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a problem with me."

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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Rumsfeld tells Congress that Saddam "has amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX, sarin, and mustard gas."
    Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John McCain defend bought that

    November 14, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. mrssaw

    give John McCain a uniform so that he can go to WAR . That is all he wants. He wants it so bad he is trying to start a WAR right here at home with president Obama, who already beat him once.

    November 14, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Facts don't Lie

    Republican men it seems have very little problem attacking women....or suggesting what they do with their personal lives. I guess that is why the have lost the women's vote.

    November 14, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. DENNA

    The GOP may want to rethink their love of obstruction. 2014 will give America another chance to clean house in the Senate and the House. You just might receive another nasty shock and find yourselves outnumbered. Get your overpaid butts to work and get 'er done!

    November 14, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Maria

    What a travesty, Senators. You are working on new want a Watergate or Waterloo? Do I remember correctly that your party was designing a Waterloo for President during Health reform debate? You also were very busy trying to make him a one term President at the expense of American people. And how did that work out? You will NEVER be able to outplay him. You will NEVER be able to outsmart him – haven’t you learned it yet, you two pathetic, miserable, vindictive losers?

    November 14, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Jerubbaal

    This is not about President Obama but President Hilary Clinton in 2016.

    November 14, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    vic nashville- Bill and Hillary Clinton and John Kerry also bought that and expressed it in no uncertain terms. AND the Democrats agreed and authorized the going to war.

    November 14, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    "I guess that is why the have lost the women's vote."

    Doesn't look like they will be getting it back anytime soon. Not with McCain and Graham once again on a rampage.

    November 14, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Pete

    President Obama please open up McCains sealed military,personal files after that he's toast,not the hero these republican idiots thought he was..His admiral father sealed them because of his traitorist acts and his nick name Saigon Songbird he recieved in the prison in Vietnam was there for a reason...Ask him about the Keating 5 as well costing taxpayers over 3.5 billion in a S& L scam and all he got was a hand slap and Keating went to jail for life,nice ha just one of your typical crooked republicans that thinks he's now holier than thou,how pathedic!!Tell the truth about him and he'll disappear ,just read up on him,he's no hero!!!

    November 14, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Lisa P

    Bring on the hearings! It will be Fast & Furious II - throw some light on what really happened and the American public will see how much the Republicans and their Fox News enablers have ginned this story up - it's all smoke and mirrors and fake outrage over details that mean nothing. Sad, because the four Americans who died deserve so much more than the ridiculous partisan sideshow that McCain, Graham and Ayotte are giving them. How about hearings on a real Libyan or Syrian policy, Senators? How about some real foreign policy heavy lifting, for a change?

    November 14, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. anonoymous

    No I dont think race is fueling John Mccain. . I think the fact that he lost to a black man fuels his bitterness. Yes they should investigate what happened and tell us the truth. No I dont think the bitter sore loser should be leading the pack. No matter what they find he wont be satisfied because the fact remains he lost and never got over it. If the american people really respected him they would have picked him. They didnt move on!

    November 14, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. normitas

    I had the pleasure of firing off an email to McCain and Graham just now reminding them that they are THE LOSERS of this election. It is time for them to quit yammering at President Obama and work with him to fix our country. There are way too many crises taking place now; we need positive action, not negative bs from tired old men. They lost; they're done; move on.

    November 14, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Ken

    Same old Republicans!! Throw EVERYTHING you can at the wall and hope like crazy that something will stick!!!

    Nothing new here! Move on folks!

    November 14, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Ed1

    No the problem is you Obama you are the reason four Americans were killed but just like everything else the main stream media loves you and that's how you were re-elected the truth will come about you some day.

    November 14, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. it must be said

    what is outrageous is that obama or one of his political hacks knowingly lied to Rice and then sent her out on the national talk shows, 5 of them, to spread the lies and deceit. they didn't care if they ruined her career and reputation. it was all needed to protect the dear leader. she was expendable. Rice should reconsider who she places her trust in. if she wasn't an ignorant pawn, then she was an active participant in the coverup. it is one or the other.

    but one thing is for certain... obama is doubling down on lies, lies, lies hoping the lsm will continue to carry his water.

    November 14, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. Former Republican, now an Independent

    John McCain and Lindsey Graham are two senators that have zero credibility and are part of what's wrong with Washington. They are an embarrassment to the people of AZ and SC and should be voted out of office

    November 14, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. The fact is

    Jon Huntsman is best qualified to be our next Secretary of State.

    November 14, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Pete

    @Ancient TEXAN,get your facts straight bud,Colin Powell was told to feed the lies to the United Nations and both houses not Bush.They trusted Powell and never questioned his sincerity,honesty something Bushs and Cheney never had.Just a money scam with Halliburton killing thousands of innocences of our military as well as civilians in Iraq.Are you proud that only 30% of republicans ever served in any branch of the military compared to 70% of democrates,that's why Democrates always fight against war,they've seen it before something the chicken hawks haven't but pretend too,typical ignorents as you ole ancient racist one!!

    November 14, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Romneyhood is Psycho

    Well, the GOP did fail miserably at "making him a one-term president" so why not target a lower level person in hopes the "party of stupid people" forget that the GOP FAILED IT'S PRIMARY MISSION!!! LOL Grow up GOP.

    November 14, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. steve

    Of course they have a problem with him. He is a socialist democrat and they are republican capitalists and never the twain shall meet ... Meanwhile the country continues to spiral into the toilet under his administration. Note that I did not say leadership(which he desperately lacks) and as a FORMER Obama voter and supporter it is painful to watch.

    November 14, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Belle

    Everybody should be critiquing Rice for going on 5 talk shows in one day a week after the Bhengazi incident to lie and cover up.
    Nothing to do with race , gender or party affiliation.
    That was outrageous , Mr. President.!!!!!!!!

    November 14, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. mgbz

    mc cain is a sore looser

    November 14, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. Pat

    You go, Andersen. Condy Rices decision has killed thousands just to avenge the Bushes. Keep them honest.

    November 14, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. ga.democrat

    McCain and Graham....poster boys for the obstructionist Grand OLD Party.

    November 14, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. Japser J

    Wow, there they go again, it's no wonder blacks, latinos and many other minorities don't trust the GOP, they campaign as if the minority vote doesn't matter and "IT DOES" clearly, and now they have veteran GOP senators piping off about blocking confirnation of a minority player, who has not even been hinted as nominated for a cabinet post yet–must the GOP be so overtly prejudice, Geez!, when will you learn? Oh I know, how about in 2014 we (American people) send you packing.

    November 14, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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