Rice vs. Kerry: Weighing the odds of being secretary of state
December 4th, 2012
07:37 AM ET
2 years ago

Rice vs. Kerry: Weighing the odds of being secretary of state

Washington (CNN) – It's a favorite game in Washington to weigh the odds of each potential nominee to a president's cabinet and that game is in full swing - especially in trying to anticipate President Barack Obama's choice for replacing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

With speculation mounting that President Obama may soon announce his nominee, two very well-known names - Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice - remain the two top possibilities. Each comes with strengths but with baggage as well.

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Filed under: John Kerry • State Department • Susan Rice
November 28th, 2012
07:55 PM ET
6 months ago

Could the GOP block Rice for secretary of state?

(CNN) – Some Republican senators have openly stated they would work to block a nomination of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to the position of secretary of state. But what happens if President Barack Obama decides to nominate her, anyway? CNN National Political Correspondent John King explains.


Filed under: President Obama • State Department • Susan Rice
Collins leaves Rice meeting with questions; says Kerry would be confirmed easily
November 28th, 2012
12:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Collins leaves Rice meeting with questions; says Kerry would be confirmed easily

Washington (CNN) – Centrist Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joined her GOP colleagues Wednesday in questioning the role Susan Rice – the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations – played in the days following a deadly attack at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Collins, speaking after a meeting with Rice on Capitol Hill, said Rice was playing a political role when she appeared on television to explain the attack that left four Americans dead stemmed from protests of an anti-Islam video. That video now appears not to have been a factor in the Benghazi attack.
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Filed under: Susan Collins • Susan Rice
November 27th, 2012
05:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Ayotte: Rice 'certainly' misled on Benghazi, but unsure of motive

(CNN) - Sen. Kelly Ayotte, one of the Republicans harshly critical of Ambassador Susan Rice, described Rice's initial characterization of the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya as misleading, but stopped short of calling the remarks intentionally so.

"Certainly she misled the American public," Ayotte said in an interview Tuesday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." "I think that she would say that. She'd have to say that because she began our meeting today admitting that the representations about the video and the protests were wrong, and the impression left [for] the American people was misleading."
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Filed under: Kelly Ayotte • Susan Rice
November 27th, 2012
04:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Accomplished and determined, Susan Rice at center of political storm

Washington (CNN) – At one time, Susan Rice seemed to be on a trajectory that would take her to the secretary of state's office in President Barack Obama's second term.

But the confusing timeline that she and the Obama administration have offered around the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, might have altered that political course, begun years ago with the help of a powerful family friend.

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Filed under: Libya • Senate • Susan Rice
November 27th, 2012
11:15 AM ET
2 years ago

Lawmakers say meeting with Rice left them with more questions

Washington (CNN) – Republican lawmakers said Tuesday their meeting with Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the acting CIA director left them with more unanswered questions about her remarks following the September 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.

Speaking to reporters after the morning meeting, Sen. John McCain said he and fellow Republicans Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham were "significantly troubled" by many of the answers they received from Rice, who asked for the meeting with the three senators after they issued sharp criticism of her response to the Benghazi attack.
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Filed under: John McCain • Kelly Ayotte • Lindsey Graham • Susan Rice
November 26th, 2012
06:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Ambassador Rice to meet with lawmakers on Libya

Washington (CNN) - After facing criticism from Republican lawmakers surrounding her characterization of the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will hold meetings on Capitol Hill about Libya, an administration official said Monday.

Rice will meet with Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire on Tuesday morning, Ayotte told CNN. She said Rice's staff contacted her office about setting up the meeting.
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Filed under: John McCain • Libya • Susan Rice
November 25th, 2012
11:18 AM ET
2 years ago

McCain says he's open to changing his mind on Susan Rice

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain, who has led the effort to discredit Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday he was willing to listen to Rice's testimony if she's nominated to become the next secretary of state.

McCain has criticized Rice for her statements immediately following the September attacks at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which Rice initially described as stemming from protests against an anti-Islam video. Later her remarks came under scrutiny as further information suggested the attack was a premeditated assault.
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Filed under: John McCain • Susan Rice
November 21st, 2012
10:44 PM ET
2 years ago

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice defends Benghazi remarks

(CNN) – Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, defended her initial comments about the September 11, 2012 attack that resulted in four Americans dead in Benghazi, Libya.

“When discussing the attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. I made clear that the information was preliminary,” Rice, who has come under fire for her early account of the attack, told reporters outside the United Nations on Wednesday.
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Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Libya • President Obama • Susan Rice
Republicans up pressure on Obama over Rice
November 20th, 2012
06:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans up pressure on Obama over Rice

(CNN) – Republicans this week increased pressure on President Barack Obama to drop any thought of nominating U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as secretary of state.

In a letter to Obama, 97 House Republicans questioned Rice's credibility "at home and around the world" after her "misleading" public statements about the origin of the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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Filed under: 2012 • House Republicans • President Obama • Susan Rice
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