trio of Republican senators heavily criticized Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, after meeting with her on Tuesday to discuss the Obama administration's response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. "The bottom line is that I'm more disturbed than I was before," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), who was joined by Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and John McCain (Ariz.). Republicans have made Rice the focal point of their campaign against the administration's response, arguing that she misled the American public by initially stating that the attack stemmed from a protest against an anti-Muslim video. The Obama administration later confirmed that it was a terrorist attack, but said Rice had only been relaying talking points that had been given to her by intelligence officials. Democrats insist that there was no cover-up, and many argue that the GOP is trying to stoke outrage over the incident in order to score political points. Still, the controversy could derail President Obama's plans to nominate a successor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, since Rice is reportedly the administration's first choice.
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