Susan Rice: why GOP opposition to her is no longer white-hot (+video)
Key GOP voices including Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have tempered their rhetoric about Ambassador Susan Rice, who could be nominated as a possible secretary of State.
Key Republicans are softening their opposition to any promotion of Ambassador Rice. Notably, Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona has replaced his outright opposition with a willingness now to hear her case, should she be nominated.
The less strident tone from Senator McCain and other Republicans over the weekend suggests that the hyperpartisan atmosphere that prevailed in the election campaign and in the immediate aftermath of Mr. Obama’s reelection may be ceding to a more bipartisan approach to foreign policy – and to the general rule that, barring any egregious disqualifiers, the president should get the foreign-policy and national-security team he wants.
Opposition to Rice flared up over her depiction of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including the US ambassador to Libya. Working from a set of talking points provided by the Central Intelligence Agency when she appeared on Sunday news shows Sept. 16, Rice described the attack as a “spontaneous” act that grew out of a copycat reaction to widespread demonstrations against an anti-Islam video.
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