November 27th, 2012
04:32 PM ET
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
November 14th, 2012
07:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Rand Paul: Heads should roll over Benghazi, but Rice is not the issue

(CNN) – Someone should lose their job in the wake of the September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."

But that someone isn't Ambassador Susan Rice, the U.S. delegate to the United Nations who two top Republicans said Wednesday should be denied a promotion, if offered, as much of the GOP furor about the U.S. government’s response focuses on her.
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Filed under: Libya • Rand Paul • Susan Rice
Obama: Republican criticism of Rice 'outrageous'
November 14th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
1 year ago

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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Filed under: John McCain • Lindsey Graham • President Obama • Susan Rice
Rice rejects Cain's claim of Taliban in Libya
November 21st, 2011
04:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Rice rejects Cain's claim of Taliban in Libya

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.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.
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Filed under: Herman Cain • Libya • Susan Rice • TV-The Situation Room
Battle still looms for Libya after Gadhafi
Libyans celebrate on August 24, 2011, in the eastern city of Benghazi, after rebels overran Gadhafi's fortified Bab al-Azizya headquarters in the capital Tripoli following heavy fighting.
August 24th, 2011
07:35 AM ET
3 years ago

Battle still looms for Libya after Gadhafi

(CNN) - As what might be the final battle rages in Libya, another is looming: the political battle to create a functioning democracy.

As Libyan rebels try to consolidate their military gains in Tripoli, the National Transitional Council in Benghazi is trying to activate plans for a political transition.

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Filed under: Libya • President Obama • Susan Rice
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