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GOP senators vow to block Susan Rice nomination at State

By Donna Cassata

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 14 2012 10:58 a.m. MST

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice addresses the Security Council after a vote on a resolution backing an Arab League peace plan that calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down at United Nations headquarters on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.

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WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee says he would do all he could to block the nomination of Susan Rice to be secretary of State.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona on Wednesday criticized the current U.N. ambassador over comments she made after the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Five days after the attack, Rice said the attack was the result of an angry response to an anti-Muslim video.

Administration officials have indicated that President Barack Obama is considering Rice as a replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference that he doesn't trust Rice.

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